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William Charland

Associate Professor of Art
Art Education, Area Coordinator

Ph.D. and M.A. in Art Education, University of California, Berkeley

M.F.A. in Printmaking, University of Michigan


K1312 South Kohrman Hall
(269) 387-2450

Dr. William Charland received his PhD and MA degrees from The University of California, Berkeley, and holds Bachelor's and Master's of Fine Arts degrees from The University of Michigan. He has taught in the K-12 system in Michigan, held faculty positions at universities in Colorado, New Mexico, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and served as the Director of Art Education at Grand Valley State University and Michigan State University prior to coming to Western.  Charland has served on committees of the Michigan Department of Education, contributing to the Standards for Art Teacher Preparation Programs, the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification, and the Michigan Merit Curriculum/Visual and Performing Arts High School Graduation Requirements.   Dr. Charland is a member of the Michigan Art Education Association's (MAEA) governing council, and is the director of the MAEA Summer Professional Development Institute. Charland regularly conducts professional development workshops for K-12 art educators across the state.  Among his honors, Charland was awarded an Artists Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, has received more than $100,000 in grants from Federal, State, and non-profit agencies for his work in service learning, and was nominated in 2009 for the MAEA Art Educator of the Year Award. He has published in the journals Art Education, Arts Education Policy Review, and Teachers College Record, presented papers at national conferences of the CAA, the NAEA and the AEP, and exhibited most recently in the SACI Gallery in Florence and the Slusser Gallery in Ann Arbor.