Faculty Profile

Jonathan Silverman, EdD

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Education

B.S., M.S., Ed.D. University of Vermont

Areas of Expertise:

As Coordinator of the Arts in Education program, my areas of interest are arts education, aesthetic perspectives on education, interdisciplinary curriculum, creativity and foundation. I strive to help students become “more imaginative, resourceful and critically reflective practitioners.” My philosophy is that the arts offer members of society a viable way to become knowledgeable, literate and morally responsible.

Courses I Teach:

  • Aesthetic Perspectives on Culture and Education
  • Arts: The Creative Process
  • Educator as Artist
  • Student Teaching Seminar

Jonathan Silverman, chair of the Education Department, contributed two presentations at the August, 2014 World Congress of the International Society for Education through Art in Melbourne, Australia. He co-led a workshop (with SMC graduate student Mami Watabe) entitled “Climbing trees to explore aesthetics, narrative, diversity, and cross-cultural understanding in and through art.” Climbing trees was used as a visual metaphor that sparked participants to share personal stories of cultural “otherness” and then create visual narratives of their experiences.  Jonathan also presented a pecha kucha, “Inside/outside masks: Dialoguing diversity through the context of self and other,” which demonstrated how he includes the topic of “identity” into curriculum for prospective teachers.
(posted August 2014)

Jonathan Silverman, associate professor of education, presented his paper and led a workshop on “Mobilizing our cultural identities through art: Communicating at the crossroads,” at the International Society for Education through Art in Lemesos, Cyprus, in June 2012. In collaboration with a former Saint Michael's College graduate student Angela Chaffee, he will present his research on “Images and languages: Integrating inclusive strategies of literacy through the arts for English Language Learners,” at the National Art Education Association annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas in March 2013. His article “Becoming empathic storytellers: Curriculum to develop cultural sensitivity,” was accepted to be a chapter in an upcoming book entitled Cultural Sensitivity in a Global World: A Handbook for Teachers. Jonathan also led a MOVE service learning trip to Immokalee, FL, in January, 2012.

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