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Donna Goodwin

Donna Goodwin

Assistant Professor of Art Education

School of Art and Design
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

(970) 351-2804
Crabbe 207
Office Hours
By Appointment or see syllabus


Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction. Minor Cognate: Educational Leadership/Aesthetics
University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education, Denver, Colorado
Dissertation Research: Visual Arts Assessment in the Age of Educational Accountability

Executive Leadership for Successful Schools Principal Preparation Program
University of Denver, Denver, Colorado

Master of Arts in Education - Diverse Learner/Special Education
University of Phoenix, Denver, Colorado

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Visual Art Studies
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Professional/Academic Experience

2016 – Present: University of Northern Colorado, School of Art and Design, Assistant Professor

2015 – Present: Colorado Department of Education Standards and Instructional Support, Teaching and Learning Unit Visual Arts Content Consultant

2013 – 2016: University of Denver Adjunct Faculty Curriculum and Instruction (CUI) and Teacher Education Preparation (TEP), Morgridge College of Education

2013 – 2016: University of Northern Colorado Adjunct Faculty Art Education Department, School of Art and Design

Other Experience

Donna is a licensed teacher and principal with over 20 years of experience ranging all grade levels. However, it is the middle school art room and its occasionally baffling inhabitants that hold the strongest place in her teacher’s heart. In addition to her classroom and administrative experience, Donna is a strong arts advocate and is active in arts education policy. She has successful experience working in museum education and does independent consulting work for schools and arts organizations specifically in arts integration, the arts and sheltered instruction for emerging bilinguals, arts assessment, targeted professional development for diverse learners, curriculum writing, and program evaluation.She recently was the higher education representative for the Colorado Art Education Association (CAEA), serves as a member of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) and represents Colorado as a voting member of the National Association of State Directors of Art Education (NASDAE).

Research/Areas of Interest

Donna's research interests are in arts assessment and assessment of ‘non-tested’ subjects, diverse learners and the arts, transdisciplinary learning particularly where the arts intersect with science and mathematics, and in the work of British art educator Kurt Rowland.

Publications/Creative Works


Goodwin, D., Demetrius, A. & Uhrmacher, B. (2019). Responding and connecting: Visual literacy for today using the mid-20th century ideas of artist and educator Kurt Rowland. Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association. (72) 3, pp. 39-44.

Goodwin, D., Marino, A., Erekson, N., Kittilson, K., Calderon, S., Martin, L., & Forman, K. (Winter, 2019). So you want to be an art teacher? Student teachers' practical guide to student teaching. Collage: A Magazine for Colorado’s Art Educators. pp. 72-83.

Goodwin, D., Uhrmacher, B. (2017). Engaging English language learners through the arts using the aesthetic overlay of CRISPA in Dell’Angelo, T., Ammentorp, L., & Madden, L. (Eds.). Using photography and other arts-based methods with English Language Learners. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Goodwin, D. (Fall, 2016). Art teacher ~ Action researcher. Collage: A Magazine for Colorado’s Art Educators. pp. 16-18.

Accepted for Publication:

Goodwin, D. (n.d.). Behind the art room door: Assessment in the age of educational accountability. NAEA Assessment White Paper (Section 5).

Collaborative publications:

Facilitated and reviewed: Practical Ideas for Evaluating Teachers of the Arts - Visual Arts (2018). 

Facilitated and reviewed: 2020 Colorado Academic Standards in visual art (2018).

Authored: High Impact Instructional Strategies: Visual Arts (2016) and Research-Based Practices (2016)


Denver Art Museum Creativity Resource for Teachers curriculum and over 150 lesson plans (2011-2014).

Authored and co-authored Colorado Department of Education Visual Arts Performance Assessment Examples Assessment Resource Bank (2012-2014).

Co-authored Colorado State Model Educator Evaluation System: Practical Ideas Guide for Evaluating Teachers of Visual Arts (2014).