James Haywood Rolling Jr.

James Haywood Rolling Jr.
Phone: 315-443-6779
Address: ComArt Facility, Comstock Avenue
Academic Program Area Focus:

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, and chair of the Art Education programs. He is also an associated faculty member with the Department of African American Studies. 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.

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, 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.


  • 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 & Scholarship

Research Focus:

Arts-based Research; Narrative Inquiry; Creative Leadership

Dr. Rolling’s scholarly interests include arts-based research, creative leadership, urban education, narrative research methods, and the study of identity.


  • National Higher Education Art Educator Award, 2014

A member of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Rolling is also 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. 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.