Martha Barry McKenna
Professional Title: University Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Fine arts; aesthetics; visual literacy; creative arts education.
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: As University Professor, Martha Barry McKenna teaches courses in the history and philosophy of the arts, creativity, and aesthetic education. She directs the Creativity Commons to support faculty and doctoral students from across the university in engaging in creative exploration of innovation in teaching and learning. She also oversees the Cambridge Creativity Commons, designed to engage students and teachers in the Cambridge Public Schools in exploring creative ideas and solutions to critical issues in society.
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Arts and Culture in Community; Fine and Performing Arts in Boston; Museum Partnerships in Schools and Communities; Creative Process as Pedagogy; Traditions and Cultures in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Ireland.
Education: BA, Music History and Theory, Emmanuel College; Royal Academy of Music, London, Music History and Voice; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, graduate study in American and European Art; MA, Vocal Music Education, EdM, Administration and Supervision of Music and the Arts; EdD, Music, the Arts, and Humanities, Columbia University, New York.
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Martha Barry McKenna is University Professor and Director of Lesley University's Creativity Commons, where she provides creative leadership in the arts and innovation in teaching and learning across the university. She also oversees the Cambridge Creativity Commons for teachers and students of the Cambridge Public Schools. Previously, she held the post of Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, dean of the Division of Liberal Studies and Adult Learning, and director of the Adult Baccalaureate Program. She began her career as a high school teacher of music and the arts.She is a Fulbright Scholar Specialist and was a Visiting Scholar at the American University of Paris. She is on various boards and committees of organizations that include the Arts Education Partnership, Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative, Arts/Learning, VSA of Massachusetts, the Worcester Art Museum and Cambridge Community Foundation.
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