The College of Fine Arts is excited to announce new leadership in the Department of Art Education effective July 1, 2018. As David Gussak, Ph.D., ATR-BC. steps down as Chair for the Department of Art Education, Dr. Jeff Broome will take the lead as Interim Chair for the department while Dr. Antonio Cuyler will also be serving as the new Associate Chair for the department.
Dr. Dave Gussak has served as the Chair for the Department of Art Education since 2008 and has been at the forefront of positive changes within the department for 10 years.
Art Therapy student Amanda Schattie sat down with Dr. Gussak to discuss his time with the Department of Art Education and his planned future endeavors.
My future plans are to continue my work and become much more involved with the Department of Corrections here in Florida as well as Arts in Corrections programs around the country and the world. I am in the middle of a new book that will be completed by December, and I am finalizing the proposal and contract for a second one.
During Dr. Gussak’s time as Chair, the department has added a new focus toward encompassing social justice and working with surrounding communities. Job placement rates for all Art Education programs have increased to over 90% within 3-6 months after graduation. These are among many successes that Gussak stated as being part of his most proud accomplishments with the department.
I have also appreciated the opportunity to expand our programs and create some wonderful experiences and opportunities, and being allowed to work on a communal vision of what we can be.
The full interview with Dr. Gussak can be found in the Spring 2018 issue of Art Education’s annual newsletter, Art News.
Dr. Jeff Broome is the current Director for the Department of Art Education’s doctoral program and became the Higher Education Division Director for the National Art Education Association, following his stint as the Southeastern Regional Director of the same division. He has served as Art Education faculty since 2011 and will be serving as Interim Chair during this transition. With rigorous awards, involvements, and influences within the art community and beyond, Jeff’s leadership will be advantageous to the Department of Art Education.
Jeff was recently named a member of the Council of Policy Studies in Art Education, and not long ago received a co-authored book contract from NAEA and was named the 2016 Higher Education Art Educator of the Year by the Florida Art Education Association. Jeff’s manuscripts have been published as book chapters and in numerous academic journal. Previously, he worked for the University of North Texas, the University of Georgia, and as a public school art teacher in Florida where he received a Teacher of the Year Award from Cypress Creek Elementary. His research interests include cultural diversity, multi-age art education, and caring approaches to art curricula.
Dr. Antonio C. Cuyler joined the faculty at Florida State University in the Fall of 2012. Currently an Associate Professor of Arts Administration & Coordinator of Internships in the Department of Art Education, he will also be serving as the new Assistant Chair alongside Jeff Broome. Dr. Cuyler serves his community, university, and discipline in a variety of ways that will coincide with benefiting the Department of Art Education.
Dr. Cuyler’s research on Arts Management internships and creative justice issues in the cultural sector appears in highly regarded academic journals such as the American Journal of Arts Management, Cultural Management: Science and Education, ENCACT Journal of Cultural Management and Policy, GIA Reader, Grant Professionals Association Journal, Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, International Journal of Arts Management, and Music Entertainment and Industry Educators Association Journal. As a member of the AAAE Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) task-force, he helped to develop initiatives that aim to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce in Arts Administration. Being a Florida State alumnus, Dr. Cuyler received his Ph.D., Art Education/ Arts Administration, M.A., Arts Administration here, as well as B.M./ES, Voice & Foreign Languages at Stetson University.