Dr. Leslie Gates

Dr. Leslie Gates

Dr. Leslie Gates

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

Office: Room 222 - Breidenstine Hall
Phone: 717-872-3311
Fax: 717-871-2004

Office Hours

M: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
T: 2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
R: 2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Comments: Hours Applicable to Fall 2014

Additional Information

Courses Taught 

  • Art Outspoken (UNIV 103)
  • Introduction to Art Education (ART 221)
  • Child Development in the Visual Arts (ART 322)
  • Methods and Pedagogy for Art (ART 325)
  • 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 Art Department 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.

Professional Affiliations 

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

Publications and Presentations

  • Gates, L. (Accepted for Publication by Visual Arts Research). More than comfort: Seeking collaboration among art educators.
  • Matusov, E., Richardson, S. Marjanovic-Shane, A., Gates, L., von Duyke, K., Campbell, B., Chen, L., Hill, L., Kost, A., & Kilby, H. (2014, February). Open and Opening Syllabus: Successes and Challenges of Democratic Education in Higher Ed. University of Pennsylvania Ethnography Forum, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Gates, L. & North, C. (2013). Considering the tensions: Beginning researchers and participatory action research. In M. L. Buffington & S. W. McKay (Eds.), Practice theory: Seeing the power of teacher researchers. National Art Education Association, Reston, VA.
  • Gates, L. & Gazi, G. (2012, March). Professional landmarks: Examining significant moments of growth in the career of a veteran art teacher. Presented at the National Art Education Convention, New York, NY.
  • Gates, L. & Meier, M. E. (2010, April). Collaborative inquiry: A transformative model for professional learning. Presented at the National Art Education Association Convention, Baltimore, MD.  
  • Gates, L. (2010). Professional development through collaborative inquiry for an art education archipelago. Studies in Art Education, 51(4), 6-17.
  • Gates, L., Meier, M. E., & Kasper, J. (2009, October). Learning together. Presented at the Pennsylvania Art Education Association Conference, Malvern, PA. 
  • Wade, K. & Gates, L. (2009, October). Assessing learning in the art classroom. Presented at the Pennsylvania Art Education Association Conference, Malvern, PA.