Dr. Leslie Gates

Dr. Leslie Gates

Dr. Leslie Gates

Associate Professor in Art Education (Undergraduate & Graduate Coordinator of Art Ed)

Office: Room 209A - Breidenstine Hall
Phone: 717-871-7257
Fax: 717-871-7929

Office Hours

M: 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm
T: 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm - off campus w/ Student Teachers
W: 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm
R: 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm - off campus w/ Student Teachers
Comments: Hours applicable to Spring 2018.

Additional Information

Courses Taught 

  • Art Outspoken (UNIV 103)
  • Art Integration (ART 128)
  • Introduction to Art Education (ART 221)
  • Designing Meaningful Art Education Experiences (ART 324)
  • Methods and Pedagogy for Art (ART 325)
  • Current Trends in Art Education (ART 523)
  • Curriculum Seminar (ART 526)
  • Qualitative and Arts-Based Research Methods (ART 602)
  • Assessment in Art Education (ART 603)
  • Student Teaching in Art (EDAR 461/462)


  • B.S.E. Art Education - Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 2003 
  • M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction - Shepherd University, 2006
  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction - University of Maryland College Park, 2011

Research Interests

Dr. Gates' research interests are art educator's professional learning, assessment in the arts, and postmodern and choice-based approaches to teaching art. Her research, using participatory and feminist approaches, often means she is working alongside art educators to identify problems and work towards possible solutions in their own classrooms. 

About Dr. Gates

Dr. Gates joined the Department of Art & Design in 2012. Dr. Gates has taught visual art in public schools located in both urban and rural contexts, and has experience at both the high school and elementary levels. In 2007, the Pennsylvania Art Education Association named Leslie the Outstanding Elementary Art Educator of the Year. Leslie has served as a curriculum consultant to public school districts, given invited lectures, and facilitated opportunities for professional learning at various conferences, seminars, and workshops. In addition to her position at Millersville, she serves as Pennsylvania Art Education Association's Conference Administrator and on the editorial board of Art Education, published by the National Art Education Association.

Professional Affiliations 

  • American Educational Research Association   
  • Pennsylvania Art Education Association
  • American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies

Recent Publications

  • Gates, L. (forthcoming, 2018). Searching for openings: Institutional Politics and Feminist Pedagogy. In K. Keifer-Boyd, L. Hoeptner-Poling, S. Klein, W. B. Knight, and A. Pérez de Miles (Eds.), Lobby Activism. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.
  • Gates, L. (forthcoming. 2017). Doing research in circles: The promise of art educators engaged in collaborative inquiry. In D. Carlisle Kletchka & B. S. Carpenter, (Eds.), Professional Development in Art Museums: Strategies of Engagement through Contemporary Art. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.
  • Gates, L. (2017). Embracing the subjective in assessment: Recommendations for art educators. Art Education, 70(1), 23-28.
  • Gates, L. (2016). Rethinking art education practice one choice at a time. Art Education, 69(2), 14-19. 

Recent Presentations

  • Gates, L. (2017, March). Certification tests fail pre-service art educators of color. Changing the Mechanisms that Maintain Structural Racism and Societal Inequities Forum. National Art Education Association Convention, New York, NY.
  • Gates, L. (2017, February). Assessing students’ habits. Lancaster Learns Conference. Elizabethtown, PA.
  • Gates, L. & Meier, M. E. (2016, November). Assessment that matters: Using habits of mind to develop performance tasks. Presented at the Arts Assessment Symposium, Dallas, TX.
  • Gates, L. (2016, April). Searching for Openings: Institutional Politics and Feminist Pedagogy. Presented at the Penn State Seminar in Art Education: 50 Years of Transdisciplinary Inquiry, Practice, and Possibilities, State College, PA.
  • Gates, L. & Warner, S. (2016, November). The necessity of assessing thinking. Presented at the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education Conference, Harrisburg, PA.
Gates, L. (2016, October). Designing Choice-Based Assessments. Presented at the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education Conference, Philadelphia. PA.