William Wightman

Member, NASAD Commission on Accreditation
Elected October 2021, term ends October 2024

William Wightman is Professor of Art Education and coordinator of the Master of Arts in Art Education program in the School of Art, Design, and Art History at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He served as Director of the School from 2010 – 2014. Professor Wightman has held additional teaching positions at Adams State College, Morehead State University, and Northern Kentucky University. He has served as the Higher Education representative for both the National Art Education Association and the Virginia Art Education Association.

His teaching and research emphasize the areas of preservice practicum design and evaluation, intergenerational arts learning, video assessment methods, and qualitative research methods. Additional expertise includes the theoretical and pedagogical applications of visual culture, contemporary art history and aesthetics. Professor Wightman has co-authored publications addressing intergenerational learning and multidisciplinary approaches to arts education. He is also actively producing conceptual-based art—his recent photographic series entitled “Careers I’ll Never Have” was part of a broader solo exhibition of works created since the late 1990s.

Professor Wightman holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Art Education from Ohio State University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Art/Painting from Radford University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art from Virginia Wesleyan College.

Posted October 2021