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Clayton Funk

Clayton Funk

Clayton Funk

Associate Professor of Teaching


Areas of Expertise

  • Cultural History and Art Education
  • Web Development and Instructional Design
  • Distance Education and eLearning


  • MLS, Queens College, The City University of New York, Library and Information Studies (2002)
  • EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University, Art Education (1990)
  • MFA, Bowling Green State University, Painting and Printmaking (1983)
  • B.A., Northwest Nazarene College, Art Education (1980)

Dr. Clayton Funk is Associate Professor of Teaching in The Ohio State University Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy. Dr. Funk's first teaching job was Technical Director in Theatre, at Goshen College (Indiana). Later he was Digital Resource Librarian at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also taught research methods and current issues courses at SUNY New Paltz and Queens College CUNY.


Dr. Funk has published articles, book chapters and encyclopedia articles on the history of art education. His work focuses on the 19th and 20th centuries, in North America, particularly between 1890 and 1940. Looking through the historical lenses of material culture, technology, and learning his histories reveal webs of learning filters, learning ways, and learning machines in schooling, museums, theaters in American urban spaces. That means histories of educational thought and of schooling are as important as histories of school buildings, technologies, and what they imply about the cultures we value.


Dr. Funk's current activities focus on eLearning development in curricula of visual and musical forms in the context of American popular cultural history. Thanks to a grant from OSU's Affordable Learning Exchange, he has researched and developed this curriculum in the form of an open website (http://aaep1600.osu.edu).