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Shari Savage

Shari Savage

Shari Savage

Associate Professor/Undergraduate Education, Undergraduate Studies Chair, Teaching & Assessment Chair


Areas of Expertise

  • Arts-based Research Methods
  • Mentoring in Higher Education
  • Narrative Inquiry
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Curriculum & Assessment


  • PhD, The Ohio State University, Art Education
  • MA, The Ohio State University, Art Education (Museum studies)
  • BAE, The Ohio State University (Community-based Arts)

Dr. Savage currently serves Undergraduate Education, Teaching & Assessment Chair for the Department of Arts Administration, Education & Policy. As Undergraduate Chair, she oversees programming and curriculum for both the BA in Art Education (BAE) and the Arts Management (AM) major. Shari has served twice as a Dean’s Appointee for the Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee, reviewing and approving curricular and program changes at the university level. Dr. Savage also served as FIT Faculty Mentor for new OSU faculty and as a STEP mentor for second-year students at OSU. Mentoring in higher education is one of her research areas and she seeks opportunities to work with and mentor students at all stages of their academic journey.

Shari presents her research at numerous national conferences and her scholarship appears in peer-reviewed publications such as Art EducationThe Journal of Cultural Research in Art EducationVisual Arts ResearchVisual Culture & Gender, and Studies in Art Education. She has authored book chapters in Terry Barrett’s Criticizing Art, and Paul Duncum’s Visual Culture in the Art Classroom, and InSEA’s Borderless: Global Narratives in Art Education. Dr. Savage has reviewed for Studies in Art EducationVisual Culture & GenderJournal of Cultural Research in Art EducationArt Education, and the International Journal for Education & the Arts. Her arts-based research images are often published alongside her scholarly work. Shari’s artworks have been exhibited at The Macy Gallery, Columbia University, the McDonough Contemporary Art Museum, and featured in Assemblage at Urban Arts Space.

Dr. Savage received the Dr. Kenneth Marantz Award for Distinguished Alumni; the Dr. Manuel Barkan Fellowship Award in Recognition of Scholarly Excellence;  and the Ronald & Deborah Ratner Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Arts & Humanities.

University & Scholarly Participation

  • ASC Curriculum Committee, Arts & Humanities
  • Associate Media Editor, Studies in Art Education
  • Review Boards, Art Education, Visual Culture & Gender, Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education
  • Invited lectures, DePaul Humanities Center, School of Social Work, Education & Human Ecology, Wexner Center for the Arts
  • Chair, The Arts & Autism Conference, The Ohio State University  
  • Faculty Co-director, Ireland Study Abroad

 Awards & Grants

  • 2019 Ronald & Deborah Ratner Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Arts & Humanities
  • 2018 Dr. Kenneth Marantz Award for Distinguished Alumni
  • FIT Faculty Mentoring Program
  • STEP Faculty Mentoring Program
  • Arts & Humanities Large Conference Grant, The Arts & Autism Conference
  • Mary C. McMullen Grant, National Art Education Association
  • Manuel Barkan Dissertation Fellowship Award
  • Excellence in the Arts Award, College of the Arts

Creative Activity

  • Assemblage. Exhibition. Urban Arts Space. October 1-November 9, 2019.

Of what value              
Down the rabbit hole  

  • Studio Conversations. Exhibition. McDonough Contemporary Art Museum. May 8-July, 22, 2019.

Of what value
Begin at the beginning
Just a girl
Down the rabbit hole


  • Artist Scholars. Exhibition. Macy Gallery, Columbia University. February 28-March 31, 2017.

Mapping tenureland
Down the rabbit hole
He said, she said