Dr. Ballenge Morris is a Professor in the Arts Administration, Education and Policy Department and the American Indian Studies Coordinator for The Ohio State University. She was the founding director of The Multicultural Center at OSU. Dr. Ballengee-Morris' teaching experiences include: fourteen years in the public school system, twenty years as an artist-in-residence in public schools and five countries, higher education since 1992, and international teaching. In 2007, she co-authored a book Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching Art in High School (NAEA Publications) and 2013 another book with Kevin Tavin, Stand(ing) Up, for a Change: Voices of Arts Educators. She is a Cherokee-Appalachian and performs flatfoot dance with her musician husband, David Morris, and son, Jack. She has received the 2013 June King McFee Award for her work around diversity, the 2012 National Art Education Fellow Award, the 2008 National Art Education Higher Education Western Division Award, the 2007 Ziegfeld Award for Diversity, the 2006 National Art Education Grigsby Award (research in and commitment to diversity) and the 2000 OSU-Newark research and service award.
This year, 2013-2014, will be very exciting for American Indian Studies at OSU. Our theme is "Making Connections for Collaborations". We are working on focusing our attentions to the Ohio Earthworks and the nomination for several of these sites to be recognized as World Heritage. Several artists will be coming this year to experience the earthworks and share their experiences with faculty, staff, and students. We have developed an advisory committee that will be working with our theme about making connections so more information will be coming. The advisory committee members are Marti Chaatsmith, Shannon Gonzales-Miller, Daniel Rivers, John Low, Lucy Murphy and Madison Eagle.