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2018 Art Educator of the Year

Linda Hoeptner-Poling, Ph.D.


Senior Lecturer of Art Education at Kent State University Juliann Dorff writes, “Dr. Hoeptner-Poling is a steadfast, enthusiastic supporter of the Ohio Art Education Association, a leader on the national stage through her work with the National Art Education Association and the Kennedy Center’s VSA, the International Organization for the Arts and Individuals with Disabilities, the mentor of a generation of art educators currently successfully teaching the visual arts to children in PreK-12 classrooms across the country and the world.”


Linda Hoeptner-Poling’s Accomplishments

Art Educator in Ohio since 1989:

  • 2013 Associate Professor, Art Education; Kent State University (Tenured 2008; Promoted 2014).
  • HERS Institute alumna, leadership preparation for women in higher education.
  • 1991-2003 Kent State University (part time; Non-Tenure Track).
  • 1996-97 Art Educator, Solon - grades K-1.
  • 1991-1995 Art Educator, Bedford - grades 6-12.
  • 1991 Art Educator, Ravenna - grades K-12, Emotionally Disturbed).



  • 9 articles and chapters in books.
  • 1 co-edited book contract in press (2018 publication).
  • 4 online, fully down-loadable art curriculum guides written with Juli Dorff for Kennedy Center: VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities.
  • Numerous invited columns and newsletter columns for OAEA and NAEA Women’s Caucus.



  • OAEA: 22
  • NAEA: 34
  • International: 2
  • Interdisciplinary: 11

Leadership Roles:

  • President, NAEA Women’s Caucus: 2016-2018.
  • Provost’s Faculty Associate for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Kent State University.
  • OAEA Awards Chair: since 2016.
  • OAEA Local Conference Committee Co-Chair.
  • Higher Education Division Co-Chair: 2013-15; 2005-2007.
  • Society for Educating Women: Conference Chair: 2011-2012.
  • President, Society for Educating Women: 2012-2013.
  • On three editorial boards, as a Manuscript Reviewer: Journal of Art for Life; Journal of Visual Culture and Gender; and International Journal of Life-Long Learning in Art Education
  • Ohio Board of Regents: Visual Arts Program Reviewer (contractor) since 2013; average: 3 programs per year reviewed.
  • Taught “Self-Express Fest” workshops in various KSU Diversity, Equity & Inclusion centers, including: LGBTQ Center; Student Multicultural Center; Women’s Center.
  • Launched “More than Words Can Say” art group for survivors of sexual assault, through Sexual Relationship and Violence Support Services, KSU, 2017-present.
  • Collaborated to create Women’s Faculty Summit at KSU, to support women-identifying faculty.


 “I have found purpose in helping others find their voice and tell their stories through art, whether they are 3 years old or 102 years old (my youngest and most seasoned students). Art is vital to survival; to dive deep into visual ways of self-expression and creative thinking is one facet of what makes life worth living. Whether I am teaching a young child or an adult at the end of their life, I believe there is no better way to affirm and celebrate their voice and part in this world. As art educators, we have a heavy yet joyful responsibility to be the conduit that makes possible the most profound ways of being human, in making sense of oneself as well as our connections to each other. There is no higher calling. I take this calling most seriously.”


~ Linda Hoeptner-Poling.



The OAEA Art Educator of the Year award is a lifetime achievement award  presented to art educators who have often already received previous OAEA awards within their region and/or division.  These individuals have exhibited dedication and commitment to OAEA and art education over an extended period of years. It is the highest award the Ohio Art Education Association has to offer. 

  • Nominee for the OAEA Art Educator of the Year Award must:
  • Have served at least 10 years within the field of art education.
  • Be a member in good standing of OAEA for a minimum of seven (7) years as of Dec.1st.
  • Have developed a philosophy and theory of art teaching that is consistently reflected both in and outside the classroom.
  • Be actively engaged in the field of art education through research, development of literature in the field, and exploration of current issues. 
  • Be a leader in developing innovative curricula and methodology.
  • Show leadership at the state or national level. Nominee shall be active in state and/or national activities. State does not relate to local/regional affiliations. National activities shall include, but not be limited to state and national affiliation and beyond.
  • Show commitment and dedication to the field through understanding, compassion, and helpfulness to students and colleagues.
  • Be professionally active by publishing articles concerning art education, giving speeches in support of art education and/or the  arts, and/or continue to create art and exhibit their own artwork.  
  • Be willing to become a member of NAEA upon receiving OAEA Art Educator of the Year Award.
  • Agree to be present at the annual conference to receive the award.

 Selection Procedure

  • Nominations for Ohio Art Educator of the Year may begin in the ARTline editions for summer and fall. All nomination forms must be submitted online by the close of the annual OAEA Conference.
  • All nomination forms must include nominee’s full address and telephone number. The Awards Chairperson will issue the Standardized Vita Form and Nomination Materials Request Form to the nominee by December 1st.
  • All information must be submitted, via online form, to the Regional Director by January 31.  
  • A committee appointed by the Awards Chairperson will review the nominations and the criteria to determine the finalists.
  • Finalists will appear in the OAEA Eblast for digital membership vote in April/May.
  • Recipient of the Award will be announced on the OAEA website and at the Fall Conference.

Required Forms (these are writable pdf's)