Fonds P0257 - Cathy Mullen fonds

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Cathy Mullen fonds

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  • 1971-2010 (Creation)
    Mullen, Cathy

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1.2 m of textual records
ca. 120 photographs : b&w and col. prints, negatives, slides ; 20.5 x 25cm or smaller
1 videocassette : Betacam
26 optical discs : CD

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Cathy Mullen is a researcher, photographer and professor of art education. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior (1971), and Master of Science (1976) and Doctor of Philosophy (1980) degrees in Art Education from The Pennsylvania State University. In 1983 she immigrated to Canada, and joined Concordia University as assistant professor in the Art Education department where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses for art educators. From 1986-1989, she was Director of Art Education MA and PhD Programs, a position she held again from 1991 to 1994 and from 2004 to 2005, during which supervised numerous M.A. and Ph.D. thesis students researching new media art and education. In 1992, she was promoted to associate professor. In 1994, she was appointed Chair of the Art Education department until 1997 and again from 2007-2009. Professor Mullen retired from Concordia University in 2009.

Cathy Mullen’s teaching and research is focused in two main areas: the study of adult participation in visual culture and in art education and the integration of new media into elementary and secondary visual arts education. Her research was published in professional journals, websites and books. From 2001-2005, she was Editor of “The Electronic Art Room”, a website of resources for visual arts teachers in the elementary and secondary schools. In 2010, she co-edited with professor Dr. Janice Rahn (University of Lethbridge), Viewfinding: Perspectives on New Media Curriculum in the Arts (2010, Peter Lang, Inc. New York), a collection of essays on the arts, new media, popular culture, and technologies.

Throughout her career, Mullen was also an active participant in the Canadian Society for Education through Art (CSEA/SCÉA). A frequent presenter at national conferences, she also served on the Editorial Board and Reviewer for the Canadian Review of Art Education from 1986-1993 and was its co-editor form 1993-1996. She received the CSEA/SCÉA Higher Educator Award in 2010.

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The fonds provides information on Cathy Mullen’s the teaching activities at Concordia as well as her research interests on curriculum development and teaching in photography, light-based media, and digital arts.

The fonds includes course materials, research files, articles, press clippings, minutes, and correspondence.

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The documents were donated to Concordia University Records Management and Archives by Cathy Mullen in 2016.


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  • English

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