Laura Fattal

Office: V4100
Phone: 973-720-3949 3949
Office Hours: Tuesday 11:45-12:30, 3:45 -5:00 by appointment, Mondays 4-5:00 by appointment

Department: Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Position: Assistant Professor

Area Specialization
Visual and Performing Arts

Academic Degrees and Certifications:

The University of Texas, Austin, TX
Ph.D Curriculum and Instruction 1984

Hunter College, NYC, NY
M.A. Art History 1976

SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
B.A. Art History 1974

Professional Experience

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA -Instructor in Art Education 2008-2009

Plainfield Public Schools, Plainfield NJ - Arts Supervisor 2002-2008

New Jersey State Department of Education - Director, New Jersey School of the Arts 1995-2002

Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ - Curator of Education 1991-1995

Cheltenham Public Schools, Cheltenham, PA - Teacher of Gifted and Talented K-8 1989-1991

Current Teaching and Administrative Responsibilities:

CIEE 3230 Arts and Creative Methodologies and AssessmentsK-5

CIEC 3650 Creative Arts and Children's Literature in Early Childhood Education  

Other Collegiate Assignments:

Fall (2011)Semester participant in University-wide Strategic Planning meetings and subcommittee meetings plus College of Education monthly meetings; Fall and Spring semester (2011-2012) participant in Elementary and Early Childhood monthly meetings 

Lesson Study participant (math emphasis) @COE@WPU March 2012

Advising Students; Student portfolio review Spring 2012

Student Teaching Supervision Fall 2011 and Spring 2012

Speaker at Cross Cultural Art Festival Panel Discussion April 2012; Writer and collaborator on Ben Shahn Gallery student visitors' museum guides for Cross Cultural Festival exhibition; Provided undergraduate mono/bilingual student volunteers to assist with K-12 student visitors during Cross Cultural Art Festival March-April 2012

Professional Affiliations and Activities

 National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC)

 International Organization of Social Science and Behaviorial Research (IOSSBR) - presentation in Atlantic City conference/April 2012 'Beyond multicultural artifacts, searching for multicultural dispositions'

 United States Society for Education Through the Arts - InSea/USSEA

 Member NAEA/National Art Education Association - attendee at national conference March 2012

 Member SCWBI/Society of Children Writers and Book Illustrators- direct contact with book artists and illustrators for interviews for upcoming article submission 

 Project Director with Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA - arts infusion/drama and language arts with young children's learning  in a museum setting in collaboration with undergraduate student researchers in action research; pending Professional Development workshops with Museum summer 2012

Research Interests:

Multicultural dispositions in teaching and learning

Museum Education, play and arts-infused learning for teachers and children

What is a Book? Altered books, artists books, pop-up books, and illustrated books - article in progress interviews with three artists

Metaphoric approaches to visual art  and multidisciplinary education - environmental destruction (Amazon rainforest) and human genocide (Holocaust) as seen in the work of Jewish diaspora artists in Latin America

Select Publications listed below; additional publications available upon request

December 2011 "What Does Amazing Look Like?" article submission to Journal of Visual Literacy, Ohio State University Press

September 2011 "Accented Anthropomorphism: the work of Frans Krajcberg"  article submission to Journal of Jewish Identities; presentation at Association of Jewish Studies Conference December 2009, Houston, TX

"Spectacle and Spirituality: The Cacophony of Objects, Nelson Leirner (b. 1932)" in anthology Latin American Jewish Cultural Production, edited by David Foster, Vanderbilt University Press, 2009

"Sabor Latino: Bodegas of Aesthetic Ideas" in Art Education, January 2006

Out of Context: American Artists Abroad- anthology editor and writer on Beverly Pepper, Praeger Publishers, CT, 2004

"The Search for Narrative" in The Journal of Aesthetic Education, Fall 2004