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  • Lawton, a fifth generation educator and practicing artist is associate professor of art education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds an EdD in the College Teaching of Art, Teachers College, Columbia University, an MFA in Printmaking, How...More


  • University of Edinburgh
    • Moray House School of Education
    • Fulbright Scotland Visiting Professor
    • January 2019 to June 2019

    Selected as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair scholar for spring 2019 to conduct community-based art education research with immigrant communities in Edinburgh

  • Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Art Education
    • Associate Professor
    • August 2015 to Present

    Teach courses in the BFA, MAE and PhD in art education programs; mentor and advise students at all levels. Conduct community engaged, arts-based research.

  • Corcoran College of Art + Design
    • Art Education
    • Director of Education Studies
    • August 2008 to August 2015

    Taught a 2/3 load both undergraduate and graduate students, oversaw budget, hiring of faculty, advised students, served as thesis mentor, developed study away and other courses, and professional development for K-12 teachers, collaborated with museum educators in the Corcoran Gallery

  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • Art and Art History
    • Assistant Professor
    • August 2005 to June 2008

    Served as Coordinator for the Art Education licensure program for graduate and undergraduate students. Oversaw field experiences, ordered supplies and taught a 3/3/ load

  • Tyler School of Art, Temple University
    • Art Education
    • Assistant Professor
    • August 2003 to June 2005

    Taught undergraduate BFA, BA and BS students seeking licensure and MEd students.


  • Teachers College, Columbia University
    • EdDCTA--Doctor of Education in the College Teaching of Art
    • June 1999 to May 2004

  • Howard University
    • MFA
    • January 1988 to May 1991


  • University of Virginia
    • BA
    • August 1977 to May 1981

    Studio Art and Sociology