Jane Dalton

Art & Art History
Associate Professor of Art Education
Winningham 203G

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“…some of your best teaching flows spontaneously from your deepest intuition. At its core, teaching is the artistry of creating experiences that lead people into greater awareness. It’s an artistry of knowing the moods, needs, and expectations of your student while staying fully aware of your own.”   - The Compassionate Classroom


Jane Dalton is an associate professor of art education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her Ph.D. in Expressive Arts in Education, and a M.F.A in Textile Design and Weaving. Her research interests include contemplative practices and pedagogy, social-emotional and transformative learning in classrooms using the arts. She teaches with the arts at the center of learning, believing the arts are a powerful tool for transforming classrooms. Through the arts, her aim is to support individuals to become richer, more whole, perhaps more compassionate because of greater self-awareness and a deeper understanding of their place in the world. Her teaching includes professional development workshops for K-12 teachers, preparing pre-service K-12 Art Education teachers, as well as studio art classes. She is the co-editor of the 3-volume book series on Contemplative Practices, Research, and Pedagogy (2018, Rowan & Littlefield), and co-author of The Compassionate Classroom: Lessons that Nurture Empathy and Wisdom (2004, Chicago Review Press).  She has published numerous articles and book chapters including: Artfully Aware: Contemplative Practices in the Classroom; The Expressive Teacher: Renewing Vitality through Arts-Based Professional Development; Drawing out the Soul: Contemporary Arts Integration; Researching Contemporary Handwork: Stitching as Renewal, Remembrance, and Revolution, and, Caring as a Transformative Model for Arts Integration. A textile artist, Jane’s work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and China.

Personal webpage: https://janedalton.com

Teaching blog: theexpressiveteacher.com