FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 15, 2006
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(MURFREESBORO)—Dr. Debrah “Debbie” Sickler-Voigt, assistant professor of art education at MTSU, recently was named as the 2007 Tennessee Art Education Association’s (TAEA) “Higher Education Art Educator of the Year.”
Sickler-Voigt was selected as a candidate for the award after a former student, a colleague and a professor at University of Tennessee at Martin nominated her.
“This award means a lot to me, especially knowing that people wanted to nominate me. It made me proud,” Sickler-Voigt said.
“She’s very good at what she does and she’s knowledgeable of art so I think she’s deserving of the award,” said Lindsey Hughes, one of Sickler-Voigt’s students.
A member of MTSU’s faculty for four years, Sickler-Voigt is originally from Miami, Fla. She attended the University of Florida and the University of Cologne in Germany, where she received her bachelor’s degree. She received her master’s degree from Florida International and her Ph.D. from Florida State University.
The Tennessee Art Education Association, a professional organization for art education, presented Sickler-Voigt with the honor at ceremony during its annual conference at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg on Nov. 9-12.
Regarding the professional arts association, Sickler-Voigt said, “The TAEA is a program that students can join at college level. There’s something for everyone and their needs, kind of like a support network for art educators.”
For more information about the TAEA, please access its Web site at www.tnarts.org.