Ed.D. Art Education - Teachers College, Columbia University (2003)
Ed.M. Art Education - Teachers College, Columbia University (2001)
M.F.A. Experimental Studios/Studio Research (Mixed Media) - Syracuse University (1991)
B.F.A. Drawing Printmaking, Calligraphy, Creative Writing - The Cooper Union (1988)
Research Interests: Arts-based Research; Narrative Inquiry; Creative Leadership
James Haywood Rolling Jr. is a Dual Professor of Art Education and Teaching and Leadership in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Education at Syracuse University. In his earlier education, Rolling earned his MFA in studio arts research at Syracuse University while studying as a Graduate Fellow in the Department of African American Studies. Dr. Rolling completed his doctoral studies in Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2003. Currently serving as the chair of Art Education at Syracuse University, Rolling most recently published Swarm Intelligence: What Nature Teaches Us About Shaping Creative Leadership (Palgrave Macmillan), a surprising new look at the social origins of creativity. Dr. Rolling is also the author of the Arts-based Research Primer (Peter Lang); Cinderella Story: A Scholarly Sketchbook About Race, Identity, Barack Obama, the Human Spirit, and Other Stuff That Matters (AltaMira Press); Come Look With Me: Discovering African American Art for Children (Charlesbridge); in addition to over 25 peer-reviewed articles and papers, nine book chapters, and four encyclopedia entries on the subjects of the arts, education, creativity and human identity. Dr. Rolling has served on the Board of Directors of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), and currently serves as Commissioner At-Large on the new NAEA Research Commission. A member of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Dr. Rolling’s scholarly interests include arts-based research, creative leadership, urban education, narrative research methods, and the study of identity. Dr. Rolling is the 2014 recipient of the National Higher Education Art Educator Award for outstanding service and achievement of national significance and is presently the Editor of Art Education, the official bi-monthly journal of the National Art Education Association, covering a diverse range of topics dealing with subjects of professional interest to arts & design educators.