ArtHistoryTeachingResources.org has come a long way from the time in 2011 when I was tapping away on my laptop building out the very first old site, and Karen and I were dreaming of a resource that would energize and engage with the scholarship of teaching and learning….Now we’re super fortunate to work alongside an extremely talented and passionate group of peers and mentors who are working to realize this and many other elements of AHTR. From the journal this week on AHTR:

This week, we are excited to announce that AHTR has received a Kress Digital Resources Grant for $20,000 to support preliminary research toward development of Art History Pedagogy and Practice, an academic, peer reviewed e-journal devoted to pedagogy in art history that will be hosted on the AHTR website. This project responds to the current lack of scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) specific to art history and to the development of High Impact Practices in education,  and the need for an academic journal that will advance, collect, disseminate, and demonstrate the value of pedagogical research in the discipline.

This initiative evolved through a series of discussions begun in February 2015 at the annual meeting of the College Art Association. Since that time, AHTR has reached out to CAA’s Education Committee and other art historians to invite collaboration and feedback. We have sought input from our colleagues outside higher education to explore how a scholarship of teaching and learning in art history might also benefit the fields of art museum education and K-12 learning.

Over the next few months, AHTR will begin a broad inquiry into the current state of scholarship of teaching and learning in art history.  This will involve extensive outreach, literature review, and dialogue across disciplines of art history, education, and related fields. Working with the research firm of Randi Korn and Associates, AHTR will conduct a field-wide survey this summer to determine the potential audience(s) for an e-journal, the type of content desired, and how an e-journal could best contribute to the future of art history. AHTR is extremely grateful to The Kress Foundation for their support of this exciting initiative  and their on-going commitment to innovations in pedagogy.