Douglas Boughton, Ph.D., who had been serving as Acting Director of the NIU School of Art and Design since the fall of 2020 has accepted the position on a permanent basis. It is Boughton’s second stint as director of the school. He also served in the role from 2008 to 2014.
Boughton is also Professor of Art Education. He has served in significant international leadership roles as World President of InSEA (International Society for Education through Art), and Chief Examiner Visual Arts for the International Baccalaureate Organization. He was Foundation Director of the National Art Education Research Council of the Australian Institute of Art Education, and Consulting Professor in Art Education to the Institute of Education in Hong Kong.
He is a member of the Council for Policy Studies in Art Education (USA), is Chair of the Distinguished Fellows of the NAEA, an honorary life member of the Australian Institute of Art Education (now Art Education Australia) and the South Australian Visual Arts Education Association. He has won the NAEA Higher Educator of the Year Award (2017) and the Illinois Higher Educator of the Year (2015). In 1997 he won the Studies in Art Education Invited Lecture Award for consistent contributions through published literature to the direction and scope of the profession, in 2006 he won the USSEA Edwin Ziegfeld Award for his outstanding contribution to international art education.
Boughton has close to a hundred publications including articles and book chapters, a monograph, and three co-edited books on the topics of art education curriculum policy, assessment, and multiculturalism (including books and articles published in nine languages, (Chinese, Hungarian, Korean, Portuguese, Turkish, Dutch, German, Greek, and Slovenian). He has given keynote addresses and invited lectures in twenty-five countries throughout Europe, Asia, South America, North America, South East Asia and the Pacific regions.
His research interests include: assessment, curriculum, risk taking and the creative process, and international issues in art and design education.
Ed Klonoski has been selected as the Associate Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University. He stepped into that role on an acting basis in the fall of 2020 after serving as NIU’s Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Curriculum from 2015-2020.
Klonoski is also an Associate Professor of Music in the School of Music, and received NIU’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2008. His research interests include music theory and aural skills pedagogy, and Schenkerian theory.
He earned a BM (Music Theory/Composition) from Marywood University, an M.M. (Music Theory) from Southern Methodist University, and Ph.D. (Music Theory) from Ohio State University.
Angie Redmond received her MFA in Painting with a museum studies certificate, and was one of many NIU students who were able to attend an in-person graduation ceremony over the weekend. Angie’s story was featured in the master’s degree commencement video.
Also featured in commencement videos were Music’s Izabella Gieron and Theatre and Dance’s Jill Belluomini.
Jill Belluomini, NIU’s 2021 Lincoln Laureate winner, chemistry major and dance minor, was featured in the commencement video for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Here’s Jill’s story:
Also featured were Art and Design’s Angie Redmond and Music’s Izabella Gieron.
Izabella Gieron was one of a brand new group of NIU alumni to be able to attend an in-person commencement ceremony. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Violin Performance with independent study in orchestral conducting. She was also featured in the commencement ceremony video. Here’s her story.
Also featured in commencement videos were Art and Design’s Angie Redmond and Theatre and Dance’s Jill Belluomini.
Congratulations to all of the graduates in the class of 2021. NIU is holding in-person commencement ceremonies Friday, June 3, Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 in Huskie Stadium.
Programs are available online for the June 2021 commencement, May and August 2020 commencement and August and December 2020 commencement.
In-person Commencement Ceremonies
Doors at Huskie Stadium will open one hour prior to ceremony and electronic tickets are required for all guests. See details about ceremony parking and seating information.
Doctoral Class of 2021 and 2020
Friday, June 4, 2021
- 9 a.m. – Doctoral hooding ceremony (class of spring 2021 and class of 2020)
Class of Spring 2021
Friday, June 4, 2021
- 1 p.m. – Graduate Commencement (Specialists, Master’s and Performer’s Certificates only)
Saturday, June 5, 2021
- 9 a.m. – Undergraduate – College of Education, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, and College of Visual and Performing Arts
Sunday, June 6, 2021
- 9 a.m. – Undergraduate – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- 1 p.m. – Undergraduate – College of Business and College of Health and Human Sciences
The class of 2020 will finally have their opportunity to attend an in-person commencement with events Friday, June 25 through Sunday, June 27.
Friday, June 25, 2021
- 10 a.m. – Graduate Commencement (Specialists, Masters, and Performer’s Certificate only)
Saturday, June 26, 2021
- 1 p.m. – Undergraduate – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Business
Sunday, June 27, 2021
- 1 p.m. – Undergraduate – College of Education, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, College of Visual and Performing Arts and College of Health and Human Sciences