Dr. Mary Elizabeth Meier is Assistant Professor of Art and Program Director of Art Education at Mercyhurst University. Dr. Meier holds a Ph.D. in art education from The Pennsylvania State University, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in art education from The Florida State University. She teaches courses in Art Education, Aesthetic education, and Printmaking. Dr. Meier is also the advisor to the Art Education Club.
Dr. Meier taught visual art in a variety of K-12 school settings in Florida, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. In 2006, the Pennsylvania Art Education Association recognized her with the award, Outstanding Elementary Art Educator. She also taught digital media and interdisciplinary arts as a faculty member at the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts in 2009 and 2010. In 2012, Meier was elected to serve a two-year term as President of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association, leading a 900 member professional organization for art educators who are advancing art education through professional development, leadership, and service. In 2012 and 2013 she represented Pennsylvania art educators as a voting delegate at the National Art Education Association assembly.
She presents her research and teaching methods regularly at national conferences in the related fields of Arts Education, Educational Research, and Educational Technology. Her research interests in art and education include: arts teacher professional learning through communities of inquiry, re-conceptualist curriculum theory, narrative inquiry in arts-based educational research, and the exploratory artistic process of contemporary printmaking.