Higher Education Division



Kathie Walker-Millar

Higher Education Division
Kathie Walker-Millar

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Lilia Cabrera

Higher Education Division Elect
Lilia Cabrera

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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.

I am Kathie Walker-Millar; thank you for allowing me to serve as your Division Chair.  I am currently an art teacher / administrator / museum educator / etc. in A Professor of Art at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. I am an artist who teaches, I have A BFA and an MEd from Texas Christian University and a MFA from Texas Woman's University. I taught art in the public schools through the Teacher Corps on the northside of Ft Worth for two years and a year at Metro Opportunity School before starting to teach at Fort Worth Country Day School and Texas Christian University. Along the way, I met a blue-eyed art teacher from Cooper High School in Abilene and accepted a full-time position at McMurry University in 1992.

My goal with Higher Education at TAEA is to make a stronger network and connections for both graduate and undergraduate programs, students, and faculty in Art Education. This allows us to better respond to changes is policy at the state level. I teach undergraduate art education and appreciate the input of those teaching at the graduate level. I also am an advocate of those who teach art being practicing artists.

Click here to read the full TAEA Higher Education Presentations Cliff Notes from the Fall 2019 Conference. They include:

  • Mess as Methodology
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Borderlands Art Pedogagogy: Using Nepantla in Teaching amd Art Practice on the South Texas Border
  • Facebook Groups Social & Silly or Sharing is Caring
  • And More!
2019 TAEA Conference - Higher Education Presentations