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. 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 on the editorial board of Art Education, published by the National Art Education Association.
Leslie has won the following awards:
- Juror’s Choice Award, And. Exhibit (Juried by Micaela Amateau Amato, 2019)
- Outstanding Artist Teacher (Kutztown University Department of Art Education, 2019)
- Young Alumni Achievement Award (Millersville University Alumni Association, 2018)
- Pennsylvania Art Educator of the Year (Pennsylvania Art Education Association, 2017)
- Elementary Art Educator of the Year (Pennsylvania Art Education Association, 2007)
- Children and Their Ideas (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
Dr. Gates' research interests include assessment in the arts, and postmodern and choice-based approaches to teaching art. She enjoys coaching graduate students in identifying their own problems of practice and using research as a tool to explore possible solutions in their own classrooms.
- Gates, L. (in press). Collaborative inquiry: Searching for ways to be a feminist educator in a university context. In K. Keifer-Boyd, L. Hoeptner-Poling, S. Klein, W. B. Knight, & A. Pérez de Miles (Eds.), Lobby Activism. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.
- Gates, L. & Grube, V. (2019). Material as interface. Visual Arts Research, 45(1), 130-133.
- Gates, L. (2019). A participatory model for assessing teacher candidate dispositions. Assessment White Papers for Art Education: Section IV. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.
- Gates, L. (2018). 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. (2018). Aligning learning objectives and assessment methods in the visual arts. Assessment White Papers for Art Education: Section III. 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.
- Meier, M. & Gates, L. (2020, March). Assessing Open-Ended Creative Outcomes. National Art Education Association Annual Convention. Minneapolis, MN.
- Gates, L. (2020, March). Quality Artwork According to Whom? Second Grade Perspectives on the Merit of their Artwork. National Art Education Association Annual Convention. Minneapolis, MN.
- Gates, L. (2020, March). National Art Education Foundation Featured Grantee Projects: Millersville University’s Choice-Based Saturday Art School. National Art Education Association Convention. Minneapolis, MN.
- Dreon, O., Gates, L. & Mahoney, T. (2020, Feb.). Partnering to Build a Shared Understanding of Disposition Assessment. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education 72nd Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA.
- Gates, L. (2019, Nov.). The Abundance of Knowledge and the Shortage of Activism. Critical Theory in the 21st West Chester, PA.
- Gates, L. (2018, Apr.). A Participatory Model for Assessing Teacher Candidate Dispositions. American Educational Research Association. New York, NY.
- Gates, L. (2018, Jan.). Certification Tests Fail Pre-Service Art Educators of Color. Art Education and Social Justice Symposium, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.