Bob Phillips

Conference Co-Chair

Bob Phillips is fully immersed in his thirty-sixth year of arts education. He was a teacher and department head with the Peel District School Board (1981-2011) and was Education Officer, Teacher Programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2012-17).Bob’s creative passions include printmaking, acrylic painting, and drawing, as well as theatre (directing & production design), film & animation, and collecting contemporary ceramic teapots. Bob has been a member of OSEA/OAEA since 1987, and has served as President (1991-95), Honorary President (2003-07), and OAEA conference chair or co-chair eight times. In 2001, Bob received the Ray Blackwell Excellence in Art Education Award from OSEA. He has been a sessional professor in the Art & Art History program, University of Toronto at Mississauga & Sheridan College (2003-2010) and at Nipissing University (2015); taught preservice elementary and secondary teachers (1998-2002) and AQ courses (1987-2006) at OISE, University of Toronto; was chair of the Arts Education Council of Ontario; and has been involved with local and provincial curriculum writing, and presented numerous conference workshops in Ontario and across Canada. Bob holds a MA in Curriculum Studies (OISE), and has been published in the Journal of the Ontario Society for Education through Art (JOSEA); OISE’s ORBIT magazine; a chapter and cover artwork for Beattie's The Quest for Meaning: Narratives of Teaching, Learning and the Arts (Sense Publishers, 2009); and a chapter in Chamness-Miller and Endo’s Queer Voices from the Classroom (IAP, 2014). His academic interests include visuality and interpretation; creative and critical thinking strategies; social justice & queer pedagogy; assessment and evaluation practices; and abstract art. Presently, Bob is a board trustee and volunteers co-ordinator with Gallery Stratford, and sits on the Student Injury Prevention Initiative committee, for the Council of Ontario Directors of Education. Bob lives in Stratford with husband, Joseph, and their cat, Bella.

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