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DARTS Officers


Kathleen Farrand (2022-2024)

Dr. Kathleen Farrand is an Associate Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She has taught 1st grade, 3rd grade, preschool, and at the college level. She currently teaches in the Early Childhood Program in the Division of Teacher Preparation. She has a Ph.D. in Language, Education, and Society and a M.A. in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University. In addition, she has an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Florida and a B.A. in Film Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

She is interested in practices that improve the social and academic success of all learners in inclusive educational settings. Her areas of research focus on the use of dramatic inquiry in inclusive classrooms found along a continuum of educational placements to support student achievement, collaborative inquiry with classroom teachers to examine teacher change overtime, and examining how teachers changing awareness of how they position themselves and others connects to student learning and engagement. Dr. Farrand is editor for the Visual Impairment and DeafBlind Education Quarterly journal and she serves on the executive board for the Council for Exceptional Children-Division on Visual Impairments and Deafblindness. Dr. Farrand is president for the Council of Exceptional Children- Division of Visual and Performing Arts Education. Her recent publications can be found in TEACHING Exceptional Children, Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, and the British Journal of Special Education.

President Elect
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Susan Harvey (2022-2024)

Dr. Harvey is Music Department Chair and Associate Professor of Music at MSU. She teaches music education courses, ear training, and has directed the Oratorio Chorus. Prior to teaching at MSU, she taught instrumental and choral music for 20 years in public schools. Dr. Harvey presents sessions at state, national, and international music education conferences and at educator in-services. Topics for presentations have focused on the use of Kodály methods in the instrumental classroom, intonation in instrumental ensembles (band and orchestra), and teaching practice strategies in the ensemble rehearsal. Dr. Harvey is conductor of the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she implements Kodály and music learning theory-based teaching strategies.

Past President

Alice Hammel (2022-2024)

Dr. Alice Hammel, Virginia Music Educator Association Outstanding Educator (2018) and current President Elect of the Virginia Music Educators Association, is a widely known music educator, author, and clinician whose experience in music is extraordinarily diverse. She is a member of the faculty of James Madison University, and has many years of experience teaching instrumental and choral music in public and private schools. Dr. Hammel has put these varied experiences to great use while compiling a large body of scholarly work. Dr. Hammel is Past President of the Council for Exceptional Children – Division for Visual and Performing Arts Education.


Beverley Holden Johns (2023-2024)

Bev Johns has been in the field of special education for over 40 years, retiring from the public schools where she developed programs for students with learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders. She founded a public school for children with the most significant behavioral challenges. She is the author or co-author of 23 books. She was a Professional Fellow at MacMurray College. She is the recipient of the 2022 DARTS Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2000 Outstanding Leadership Award of CEC, and also the recipient of the Romaine Mackie Award given by the Pioneers Division. She has served as President of CCBD and the Pioneers. 


Michael Dunn (2024-2025)

An associate professor of special education and literacy at Washington State University, Vancouver, Michael Dunn teaches courses applicable to K-12 educators in the Special Education Endorsement, Master’s, and PhD in Special Education Programs. His areas of research interest include developing strategies for struggling writers with technology, and response to intervention (RTI)/Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). He taught in Toronto (Ontario) area elementary/middle schools for 11 years, teaching students with learning disabilities in reading, writing, and/or math and with disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders (e.g., autism, Asperger’s), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and multiple disabilities. He has received awards from the International Literacy Association (2011-2012 Outstanding Article Award), a 2009-2010 College of Education Faculty Funding Award, the Judy Nichols Mitchell Research Fellow Award, and the External Funding Award from Washington State University.

Representative Assembly  

Juliann Dorff (2023-2025)


Juliann B. Dorff, a senior lecturer in art education at Kent State University, is the past-president of the Special Needs in Art Education Interest Group of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and past-president for the Division of the Visual and Performing Arts (DARTS) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The 2015 Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) Higher Education Division Award winner, she has presented extensively at the OAEA, NAEA and CEC conferences. In 2019 she was awarded the NAEA/SNAE/VSA Beverly Levett Gerber Lifetime Achievement Award. She has received the Outstanding Teaching Award from Kent State University. Co-author with Linda Hoeptner Poling of four editions of the VSA Teacher Resource Guides: A Series of Visual Art Lesson Plans Designed to Engage Students with Disabilities published by the Kennedy Center, she was an invited author for The Handbook of Arts Education and Special Education and Art for Children Experiencing Psychological Trauma both published in 2018. She was invited by NAEA to present a webinar in February 2021, Collaboration: An Essential Tool for Inclusive Teaching Practices and a co-editor of a special edition of the Journal of Arts Education and Special Education (JASE) 2022.

Representative Assembly  

Jennifer Smith (2023-2025)


Dr. Jennifer Smith is a Clinical Associate Professor of Special Education in the Department of Educational Studies in the College of Education at Purdue University. She has 19 years of experience as an educator at the elementary level and in higher education. Her areas of interest focus on teacher preparation, creativity/creative self-efficacy for students with disabilities, twice-exceptionality, and developing positive teacher-student-family relationships.

Student Representative
Photo of Sedigheh Fathollahzadeh provided by DARTS

Sedigheh Fathollahzadeh (2024-2025)

Sedigheh is currently a Ph.D. student in special education at Purdue University. She works as a Teaching Assistant and serves as an Operations Coordinator at Purdue University's CREAT (Center for Research and Equipment for Assistive Technology in Education) lab. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and two Master's degrees in Fine Arts and Art Education. For the past decade, she has devoted herself to providing art education to individuals of diverse age groups in educational institutions, universities, and the private sector. Her research focuses on unlocking the potential of assistive technology for students with disabilities. Furthermore, she explores how art-based initiatives can be integrated into new forms of media in order to address systemic inequalities, promote public dialogue, and empower marginalized populations.

Last Updated:  20 September, 2023

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