Dr. Steve C. Willis


Art and Design
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Art and Design
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



PhD, Art Education, 1999, Florida State University


  • ART 100 Two-Dimensional Design
  • ART 366 Elementary Art Education
  • ART 401 Teaching of Art
  • ART 460 Critical Issues in Art Education

Research and professional interests


  • Indigenous knowledge and tribal cultural construction in the arts
  • Issues of equity
  • Native American studies
  • Visual culture
  • Spirituality in art


  • Enrolled member, Cherokee of Western Missouri
  • Examiner, International Baccalaureate Art & Design, Programme Cardiff, Wales
  • Editorial board, Journal of Cultural Research for Art Education and the International Journal of Education through Art

Awards and honors


  • President-elect, United States Society for Education through the Arts, 2011
  • Nominee for a Foundation award in the area of service, 2011
  • Nominee for Excellence in Advising, 2009
  • Missouri Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, 2006
  • College of Arts and Letters Service Award, 2002
  • College of Arts and Letters Teaching Award, 2001

Selected exhibitions

  • Associação de Professores de Expressão e Comunicação Visual (APECV), Oporto, Portugal.
  • Autonomous University of Madrid. Madrid, Spain
  • The United States Society for Education through Art international exhibition, New York City
  • "Art Educator as Artist: An Invitational," Hammonds Regional Arts Center, Hammonds, La.

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