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Delane Ingalls Vanada
Adjunct Assistant Professor
School of Art + Art History/Art Education

Dr. Delane Ingalls Vanada earned her Ph.D. from the University of Denver and her Masters from Lesley University in Creative Arts in Learning. As a trained designer, illustrator and painter, Delane has determinedly balanced her commitment as an arts educator with her studio practice. Prior to teaching at the University of Florida, Dr. Ingalls Vanada served as an Assistant Professor of Art Education and Visual Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she was also the founding director of “Art Connects!”—a contemporary art integration symposium, along with “Inquiry to Practice,” a working group of K-20 artist/teacher/researchers who engage in arts-based research and link theory to practice. Dr. Ingalls Vanada was named as one of five TOP teachers at UNCC and a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL). Her research focuses on instructional approaches and environments that enhance individual’s thinking, learning mindsets, and creativity in the arts, along with innovative methods for teacher preparation, including design thinking. Delane has published widely in journals such as International Journal of Arts Education, Arts Research International, International Journal of Education & the Arts, and Journal of Art for Life, presented nationally as well as internationally--in Greece, the UK, and Norway, with educational research in Finland and Denmark. She serves on the national and international advisory board for Design-ED and co-chaired the national LearnXDesign conference in 2016. “Dr. De” has also taught in the M.A.T. Art Education program at Savannah College of Art + Design, at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, the Art Institute of Colorado in Denver, and was an award-winning teacher and director of K-12 art programs—taking one of her schools to receive the national Kennedy Center Distinction Award for strong art and arts integrated programs and perform at the Kennedy Center. She was named NAEA’s Pacific region Elementary Educator of the Year in 2004.

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