Carol Edwards has been the Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University since 2007. Previously, she served as Dean of Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts. She earned her doctorate in art education from Florida State University, a master’s degree from the University of Alabama, and a bachelor of fine arts from Mississippi University for Women. Dr. Edwards is a Professor of Art Education and she has taught art education and art theory/criticism courses. In collaboration with the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Dr. Edwards published Rings: Five Passions in World Art. A Multicultural Curriculum Handbook distributed by Crystal Productions.
Dr. Edwards has been the recipient of numerous awards: Georgia Women in the Visual Arts Award, Kennesaw State University’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Georgia Board of Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award, Georgia Art Education Educator of the Year in Higher Education Award, and the Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology Award.
Dr. Edwards was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to attend a Summer Institute at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii where she studied South Asian culture and civilization. As a result of her interests and knowledge of South Asian cultures, she received a state award to travel and study in India.
Her memberships include Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and the International Council of Fine Arts Deans.