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FATE is now accepting nominations for the following 2019 FATE Awards:

The FATE Emerging Educator Award celebrates a FATE member in the early stages of their career with less than ten years of collegiate teaching experience. The nominee should exhibit a dedication to Foundations teaching, capacity for innovation, willingness to share knowledge and contribution to FATE as a professional association.

The FATE Master Educator Award celebrates a FATE member with more than ten years of collegiate teaching experience. The nominee should exhibit lasting commitment, significant contributions to Foundations education and contribution to FATE as a professional association.

The FATE Leadership Award celebrates a FATE member with a significant contribution to leadership in Foundations Education in the profession, a professional organization, university, and/or department.  

Please consider nominating a FATE Educator who has impacted and inspired you by April 25th!

Nomination forms can be downloaded [ HERE ].


Please consider applying to the FATE Affiliate panel, A Sense of Support, at SECAC by April 20th!

As Foundations instructors, a range of support is crucial to the success of our students, our programs, our colleagues, and ourselves. We encourage our students to pursue their goals, we share our teaching materials with our colleagues to assist with course prep, and we work together to sustain our program's retention efforts. 

This FATE affiliate session seeks to extend the reach of strategies like these through supportive exchange. Proposals could include project share offerings, program case studies and advising protocol. Honest discussions of where support is lacking within our programs' limits are also welcome. This session grows out of FATE's commitment to explore inclusion within academia; we seek to share practical tips for navigating this landscape with more agency and openness.

As an affiliate session, FATE membership is not required to present.
Questions? Please reach out to FATE's SECAC Representative Katie Hargrave at

SECAC Call for Papers found [HERE] 

Volume 36 of FATE in Review is now in the design phase!

[3.08.18] This volume contains 7 articles, 2 book reviews, and an interview. Look for it in your mailbox later this spring!  

CAA Call for Sessions

The submissions portal for the 2019 CAA Annual Conference in New York, February 13-16, 2019 is now open. CAA invites sessions proposals from visual arts professionals working across the field in all disciplines.

Proposals must be submitted by April 27, 2018.

FATE Voice reaches SGC International 

SGC news cover

A Message from FATE President, Valerie Powell:

Valerie Powell[10.05.17] Hello FATErs! I hope this email finds you doing well & enjoying a creative Fall semester. It was exciting getting to spend time with so many of you in Kansas City at FATE’s 16th Biennial  Conference Beyond the Core. Many thanks to the KCAI team & the leadership of Steve Snell & Caleb Taylor. I also want to the thank the entire FATE board, awards committee, session chairs & presenters for all of the thoughtful planning & research that went into the conference! I am encouraged by & happily reminded of why foundations pedagogy is dynamic & how what we are doing as educators, artists & human beings remains important.

The newly elected FATE board has been busy since April. We have been reviewing your feedback from the conference survey & sincerely appreciate all of you taking the time to provide us with your ideas & suggestions… you have given us a lot to think about!
Based on your input the FATE board is moving forward on these initiatives: 

Inclusion Task Force
This newly formed committee grew out of an urgent desire to broaden the foundations conversation & be proactive by seeking to create a more inclusive, diverse community. Our goal is to create/facilitate strategies by intensionally reaching wider into under represented communities {LGBTQ, POC, community colleges, rural programs, adjuncts, graduate students & beyond} We are interested in moving beyond just identifying groups, but creating future programming. This initiative is spearheaded by Naomi Falk, Guen Montgomery, Colleen Merrill & Katie Hargrave, please reach out to them if you have ideas or would like to be part of this process.

Updating the 2007 Foundations Guidelines
Our goal is to gather data, survey members & institutions with a focus on curriculum, standard practices, facilities & assessment as well as the role of the Foundations Coordinator. Our goal is to be able to present the updated guidelines at our next conference in 2019. 

I look forward to providing updates on these new initiatives in the future. I am sincerely honored to be working along side of all of you & want to encourage anyone that has ideas or is interested in expanding their participation to please reach out the board. We are eager to hear from you & welcome your input.

In addition, FATE has made changes in membership options & fees for the 2018/2019 membership period including a new discounted Adjunct Faculty Membership rate for part-time and contingent faculty members. Our membership renewal period usually begins in November, but we are rolling out these opportunities now. Join FATE or renew your membership today!

Also consider joining ongoing informal conversation with members on FATE’s Facebook page and take advantage of the online resource exclusively for FATE members, FATE>Members>Share

In closing, I want to specifically thank former FATE President, Stacy Isenbarger for her continued leadership & ongoing generosity in helping me transition into my new role as President of FATE. It is an awesome responsibility that I am finding to be incredibly rewarding-- a unique mix of serious work & serious fun.

As many of our communities remain in a process of rebuilding & recovery from all that has happened this Fall & this week, I hope we are all able to be remain hopeful in the human condition. 

Happy researching & teaching! 

Introducing the FATE in Review Editorial Staff


Editor Michael Marks would like to both welcome and express his gratitude for his editorial staff for the next edition of FATE in Review. Pictured left to right: Allison Yakusawa, Faculty in Critical Studies (CalArts), Ashley Waldvogel, Professor of Foundation Studies (Savannah College of Art and Design, Lily Kuonen, Associate Professor & Foundations Coordinator (Jacksonville University), Noel Carmack, Associate Professor of Art (Utah State University Eastern – Price Campus) & Jac Kuntz, Independent Arts Journalist.

FATE Board welcomes Andrew McCauley as VP of Biennial Conference


Andrew McCauley

The FATE Board is pleased to announce it's newest addition: Andrew McCauley!  Along side a planning team from Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD), Andrew will be playing a key role in the planning of FATE's 17th Biennial Conference in Columbus, Ohio!

Andrew J. McCauley has recently accepted the role as Associate Director of CORE Studio and works as an Assistant Professor at the Columbus College of Art & Design. He has lectured at International and National Conferences including the University of Vaasa, Finland, FATE, and SECAC Conferences, having published such papers as Teaching Quality and Aesthetics of Sustainability and Culture, Values and Justice: The Garden of Symbiosis. Mr. McCauley was the recipient of the 2015 GCAC Artist Exchange Fellowship in Dresden, Germany and has just returned from Xindao, China as a representative for the Columbus College of Art & Design. He continues to take part in national exhibitions while involving himself extensively with developmental organizations like the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Mr. McCauley received his BFA from Ball State University and was awarded his MFA from CCAD.

Information on the rest of the CCAD Conference planning team is found [ HERE ].

FATE is grateful for their collective efforts!

Congratulations to the FATE 2017-19 Board 

On April 7th, 2017 at the 16th Biennial FATE conference, the following were voted in by membership in attendance to serve on the FATE board.

President:  Valerie Powell, Sam Houston State University 

Vice President of Membership:  Colleen Merrill, Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Vice President for Development: Raymond Gaddy, University of North Florida

Vice President of Finance: Casey McGuire, University of West Georgia

Vice President for Communication: Stacy Isenbarger, University Idaho 

Vice President of Regional Programming: Jessica (J.B.) Burke, Georgia Southern University

CAA Representative: Naomi J. FalkUniversity of South Carolina

MACAA Representative: Guen Montgomery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

SECAC Representative: Katie Hargrave, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

And with Gratitude...

the FATE Board thanks (pictured left to right) Greg Skaggs, VP of Communication, 2013-17, Mary Preis, Editor of FATE in Review 2013-17 & Lily Kuonen, SECAC Representative, 2015-17 for their past service and genuine spirit!

Introducing our newly appointed editor of FATE in Review: Michael Marks 


The FATE board is pleased to share the recent appointment of Michael Marks as the new Editor of FATE in Review!

Michael Marks is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of South Carolina Upstate where he oversees the Art Foundations area. He received his BA in Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking from Georgia College and MFA in Painting from Clemson University. He previously held academic appointments at Anderson University, Anderson, SC; and the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville. 

An advocate for the arts and education, Marks co-founded the ThreeCitiesGroup artist collective and organized exhibitions for more than six years. He has received several awards and distinctions, including a grant from Vasari Paints, NY; and a fellowship from Wildacres Foundation, NC. The Paris College of Art Press and Temporary Art Review have published his scholarly reviews and writings on art education. In addition to appearing in publications such as Studio Visit and Visual Overture magazines, his artwork has been exhibited nationally in cities including Greenville, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Saint Louis, Austin, and Chicago, and internationally in Copenhagen, Prague, and Perth

You will indeed hear more from him in the coming months especially in regards to collecting paper submissions for publication. If you are presented this April at our conference in Kansas City please consider your work for review. 


Shout Out Awards Announcement 
Victoria Hoyt, Metropolitan Community College 
Ralph Pugay, Portland State University
Amy Reidel, St. Louis Community College & St. Louis University

Congratulations to the three lucky Shout Award Nominees chosen during our December Positive Space Podcast. These three unsung (or "not sung enough") heroes in our higher education system had their  FATE 2017 Conference registration paid in full & their membership covered for 2017-18.

Thanks to our FATE members who submitted nominations and made these awards possible. 
Find the full list of nominees [ HERE ].


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