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Elizabeth Garber, Ph.D.

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Professor Emeritus

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Ph.D.-The Ohio State University, M.F.A.-University of Arizona

Dr. Elizabeth Garber researches craft in relationship to material culture and education, the role of gender in women’s and girls’ lives, and diversity and social justice in art and visual culture education. She is published widely in journals and anthologies and has been a featured speaker at many universities and conferences. She was Fulbright Professor to the University of Art and Design, Helsinki (now Aalto University) during fall 2000, where she researched craft education and taught courses on postmodern art education and art criticism. During the spring of 2010, she spent her sabbatical in South Korea, researching ceramics education.

Garber is Past Editor of the Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, Past-President of the Women's Caucus of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), a past Book Editor and Editorial Review Board member of Studies in Art Education, and has served as reviewer for several other journals in the field. At the University of Arizona, she is now Professor Emeritx. 

A “Distinguished Fellow” of the National Art Education Association, Garber’s awards include the June King McFee Award for “distinguished contributions to the profession of art education” and given by the NAEA Women’s Caucus, the 2017 Ziegfeld Award for "an outstanding and internationally recognized contribution to art education through exceptional record of achievement in scholarly writing, research, professional service, or community service," a "Beyond the Call of Duty Award" from the College of Fine Arts, the  Roy and Stardust Johnson Faculty Mentoring Award from the University of Arizona, recognition as a Pacific Division of the NAEA Higher Educator of the Year, recipient of the Kenneth Marantz Alumni Award from Ohio State and of the Mary Rouse Award from the Women's Caucus of the NAEA.

Holding an M.F.A. in ceramics in addition to the Ph.D., Garber was a self-supporting clay artist who worked in community and school settings for many years before becoming a professor.

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