Higher Education Division

Kathie Walker-Millar

Higher Education Division
Kathie Walker-Millar

Lilia Cabrera

Higher Education Division Elect
Lilia Cabrera


What I Love About TAEA: Reconnecting with friends and colleagues from all over Texas. Seeing my former students who are now master art teachers. Talking and listening to others who have the same interests, dilemmas, and issues. Seeing and making new art. Hearing famous artists talk about their art. Making new friends and networking. Traveling — to see new cities and experience their art, food, and culture. Trying new materials and seeing new art equipment and books.

What I Love About TAEA: I love that TAEA offers opportunities for the art educator from all levels. The many committees within the organization allow artists to network with members from different regions throughout Texas, which in turn become much greater collaborations. TAEA offers opportunities for growth within the organization, as well. The detail that's enhanced my art teaching career the most, has been the lifelong friendships that I have built due to my involvement in TAEA. There is always room for growth and opportunity in our careers, and TAEA helps with these goals.

Dear Collegial Friends,

It is with sincere regards that I hope 2018, is proving to be a stellar year for you and all your charges. Flashback: The TAEA, conference in Galveston, was a grand event and we had an impressive showing. At least fourteen of the sessions offered were specific to our Higher Education Division audience. This number does not reflect the additional sessions in which Higher Ed., participated in the sessions targeting "all".  A warm appreciation is extended to those who facilitated, presented and attended these sessions. Appreciation is also extended to the impressive students throughout the state, who presented at the conference. These aspiring educators and researchers, show great promise.

On another note:

Caring and concerning ourselves with a myriad of charges is something we do continuously.

For example, my New Year musings included pondering issues that we may encounter in classrooms. The lack of civility, has recently taken my interest.  Likewise, this topic has drawn special attention in academia at all levels. With good intentions, I have addressed this particular matter with pre-service educators. Positive and rewarding outcomes have been the result of candid, classroom conversations.

As we journey onward  this year, join me in earnest efforts to identify civility as a necessity in developing a professional teaching disposition. Civility in the classroom can be promoted by emphasizing the need for respect of self and others. By addressing the affective realm of academia, greater gains are to be had for the students and the learning environment.

I look forward to seeing you and your students in McAllen, November 8-10.

With respectful regards,

Sherry Snowden
Texas State University - San Marcos
Higher Education Division Chair