University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Art (painting and drawing) Professor Kristy Deetz received the 2016 Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was presented with the award in October at the annual awards luncheon in Roanoke, Virginia, during the 72nd meeting of SECAC.
The highly competitive award is made in recognition of outstanding teaching by a SECAC member who demonstrates an exceptional command of his or her discipline through the ability to teach effectively, impart knowledge, and inspire students. To receive the award SECAC members must be officially nominated and provide evidentiary materials including a curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, and letters of support from colleagues and former students.
The Awards Committee provided the following comment on Professor Deetz’s teaching record: “Given today’s sociopolitical climate, Kristy’s teaching philosophy is a poetic testament for art’s ability to foster inclusivity across disciplines, philosophies and cultures. She has a clear and compassionate voice as an educator.”
SECAC is a national non-profit organization devoted to education and research in the visual arts. Founded in 1942, SECAC provides advocacy and support for arts professionals and engenders opportunities for the exchange of scholarship and creative activities through an annual conference and publications. Though founded initially as an organization of artists, scholars, and arts professionals from the southeastern states, SECAC has grown to include individual and institutional members from across the United States and around the world, evolving into the second largest national organization of its kind.