Dr. Jennifer Hamrock joins Georgia State University’s College of Art and Design with a B.A in art and art education from James Madison University, M.A. in education with a concentration in art education from East Carolina University, and a Ph.D. in art education from Florida State University. Before pursuing her doctorate, Jennifer taught high school art and regular elementary education on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and earned her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification.
While working on her doctorate, Jennifer has been involved with a local Tallahassee not-for profit creative space called The Plant as an active volunteer and board member. During her time there, she designed and implemented a free summer art camp in 2016 called Artcation with other volunteers and coordinated artist workshops as part of a larger community collaborative project called Waging Peace involving local schools, the FSU Museum of Art, and community spaces. Her research interests focus on art teacher professional development, community arts engagement, the collaborative potentials between art education and art therapy, and specifically arts-based approaches in teaching and research, specifically emphasizing the use of the art-making process for reflection and analysis. At the heart of all her work as a teacher, artist, and researcher is the importance of relationships. Please refer to Dr. Hamrock’s website for artwork, projects, publications, and CV.