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Herminia Wei-Hsin Din

Professor of Art Education
Office: Department of Art, Room 308
Phone: 907-786-1785
Email: hdin@uaa.alaska.edu

Biography

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2003, Dr. Din worked for seven years in the museum field with an emphasis on technology for children and families. It included designing the "Young at Art" Program at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Smithsonian Institution), and developing the first educational Web site for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1996. In addition, she was the Web Producer at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana, the largest children's museum in the United States serving more than one million visitors every year.

Dr. Din serves as a board member of the Media and Technology Committee for the American Association of Museums, and chaired the MUSE Awards for 2 years. She has served as a federal grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services for 3 years. In addition, she has taught the "Museum and Technology" course at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, presented at national conferences, and produced educational Web sites and multimedia CD-ROMs for children and families. 

Her research interests include art education for children and educational technology in non-traditional learning environments. Her research focuses on how the use of new technologies in education offer the potential to transform teaching and learning in art. Currently, she is studying aspects of emerging technology for implementing creative initiatives to enhance arts education.

Dr. Din was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She came to the United States in 1992. She holds a Ph.D. in art education from Ohio State University, a masters degree in arts administration from Southeastern University, and a baccalaureate degree in early childhood education from Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan.

Education

1998, Ohio State University, Ph.D., Art Education with specialization in Museum Education and Instructional Technology
Dissertation: A History of Children's Museums in the United States, 1899-1997: Implications for Art Education and Museum Education in Art Museums

1993, Southeastern University, Master of Public Administration /Arts Administration
Final Research Paper: From Joseph H. Hirshhorn to Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 1966-1974

1990, Fu Jen Catholic University, Bachelor of Science / Early Childhood Education
Final Research Paper: Art Museum and Children Art Education