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Sean Justice

BA English Literature, Catholic University of America, 1983
MFA Studio Art: Photography & Video, New York University, 1987
EdD Art & Art Education, Teachers College Columbia University, 2015

I’m an Assistant Professor of Art Education at Texas State University, San Marcos, in the School of Art & Design. I teach pre- and in-service teachers how to work with digital technologies in their classrooms. I also consult with principals, curriculum specialists, and district level administrators about art integration across the curriculum.

As an artist and art educator I hold digital technology as a material for play, like finger paint, or clay. In workshops (aka: playshops) we make pictures and other objects with computer code, photography, poetry, and the internet, intermixed with a wide variety of craft materials and basic electronics.

My courses and seminars in art integration, focusing on traditional art processes and materials, as well as on newer computational materials, such as computer programming, digital 3D design and printing, photography, and critical reading and writing. In addition to teaching teachers, I also work with kindergartners through graduate students.

Before turning full-time to teacher education, I was a commercial artist with an advertising photography studio in New York, and taught part-time at Parsons School of Design, New York University, and the International Center of Photography. Today, my art practice spans still and moving lens-based and lens-less pictures, interactive code poetry, and jokes.

In my research I'm interested in culture, history, art, and the social and educational implications of new and emerging technologies. My book on digital learning in classrooms was published by Peter Lang, Inc. in 2016, Learning to Teach in the Digital Age: New Materialities and Maker Paradigms in Schools, and I write essays and articles about art and technology for the education journals.