Deborah L. Smith-Shank

Professor Emeritus

Deborah L. Smith-Shank is Emeritus Professor and former Chair of the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at The Ohio State University. In addition to AAEP, Dr. Smith-Shank is Emeritus Professor of Art at Northern Illinois University. Dr. Smith-Shank has taught art at all levels, K-Higher Education. Her artwork is self-referential and while she was trained as a painter, her current work primarily uses mixed-media. Dr. Smith-Shank's research is involved with material culture and social justice examined through semiotic and feminist lenses. She is past-president of NAEA’s Women’s Caucus and LGBTQ Caucus, has served on the Executive Board of InSEA for over a decade and is currently President of the Semiotic Society of America. With Karen Keifer-Boyd, PhD, Dr. Smith-Shank was co-editor and founder of Visual Culture & Gender, an international, freely accessed, multimedia juried journal. She has published and presented her work nationally and internationally and currently serves as Associate Editor of IJSVR (International Journal of Semiotics and Visual Rhetoric) and reviews for several other journals.

Areas of Expertise
  • Feminist theory
  • Semiotics
  • Material culture
  • M.S., Indiana University, Art Education
  • Ph.D., Indiana University, Art Education/Curriculum & Instruction
  • B.S., Indiana University, Art Education