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UC professor presents at NAEA Conference


Williamsburg, Ky. – When a 2011 call for submissions went out to educators across the globe to present at the 2012 National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conference in New York City, Dr. Karen Goldman, an associate professor of education at University of the Cumberlands (UC), began thinking immediately about what important information and teaching strategies could be significant at this time to present to her peers.

After submitting her topic, Goldman was selected to present at the prestigious conference in February of 2012. Her topic was on Best Practice Lecture: Problem Based Learning Projects for Middle Schools Guidelines and Strategies to Improve Practice.

“Being chosen to give a Best Practices Lecture to my peers in art and aesthetics education is a high point in my professional career,” said Goldman.

While in New York, Goldman attended the two-day conference sessions and visited area museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art being her favorite. Goldman and her husband also went on walking tours in Queens and the Brooklyn Bridge, visited the Ground Zero Museum, Times Square and the Broadway show “Jersey Boys.”

Goldman serves as vice president in her local artist guild and previously served on the board of the Tennessee Art Education Association, as well as the Chair of East Tennessee in charge of professional development for all art educators in her area. While working at North West Middle School for the Knox County School System she was named Teacher of the Year.

Goldman was invited by the NAEA to attend the National Teacher Institute at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC as a delegate of Russia. While teaching at the University of Tennessee she was awarded the Outstanding Art Educator Award. Goldman was also a finalist in the “Bearfoot in the Park,” an aesthetic project bringing Appalachia into the city.

Goldman has been a professor at UC for 3 years and directs the new master’s degree in teacher leadership and education, which has grown from 13 students last summer to more than 130 students currently. She is passionate about her work at the University. “Working at UC is a dream come true. I feel truly blessed at having found such an inspiring and uplifting institution.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.