Cala Coats

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
School of Art
900 S. Forest Mall
Tempe
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1505
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1505
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1505

Biography

Dr. Cala Coats is an Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator for the Art Education Department in the School of Art. She is also a Global Futures Scholar with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at ASU. Her research focuses on intersections of ethics and aesthetics with an emphasis on nomadic inquiry, public pedagogy, and socially engaged art. She is currently writing a book on curiosity and New Materialisms in education. Dr. Coats has published in a range of journals, with book chapters in The Routledge Companion to Decolonizing Art, Craft, and Visual Culture EducationWhat Happens at the Intersection of Teaching and Conceptual Art; Makers, Crafters, Educators: Working for Cultural Change (Routledge), and Bridging Communities Through Socially Engaged Art (Routledge). In 2021, she was awarded Pacific Region Higher Education Art Educator Award from the National Art Education Association. She is currently the Co-Associate Editor ofThe Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education. She served as Co-Editor for the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, v. 41 (Theme: Encountering Uncertainty). In 2019, she organized the symposium, Imaginative Futures: Arts-Based Research as Boundary Event, and a week-long curriculum and studio workshop for regional art educators at ASU.  

 

Education

  • Ph.D. Art Education, University of North Texas, 2014
  • M.A. Modern Art HIstory, Theory and Criticism, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2006
  • B.A. Art History, University of Texas-Austin ,1999

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Publications

Coats, C. (2023). New materialisms and embodied inquiry in education: Curiosity’s collective potential.Radical Politics and Education Series (T. Lewis & D. Ford, Series Eds.). Bloomsbury Academic (Under Contract – in progress for 2023 publication).

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters 

Coats, C., Singha, S., Zuiker, S., & Riske, A. (2022). Imagining our neighborhood of nonhuman residents: Sensorial attunement as ecological aesthetic inquiry. In M. Sharma & A. Alexander (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Decolonizing Art, Craft, and Visual Culture Education. Routledge Taylor & Francis (accepted, in press).

Coats, C. (2021). Listen to the smell of distress. J. Lucero (Ed.), What Happens at the Intersection of Teaching and Conceptual Art(in press).

Coats, C. (2019). Transversalizing aesthetic practices: Engaging the vital force of community art work. Sabbaghi, V. & Wexler, A. (Eds.). Bridging communities through socially engaged arts(pp. 137-143). Routledge. 

Coats, C. (2018). The walls tell the story: Making as collective force in the evolution of an earth home community. E. Garber, L. Hochtritt, & M. Sharma (Eds.).Makers, crafters, educators: Working for cultural change, (pp. 43-46). Routledge. 

Coats, C. (2017). Feeling the sting of being a tattooed mother in the public eye. In (S. Travis, A. Kraehe, E. Hood, T. Lewis, Eds.) Pedagogies in the flesh: Case studies on the embodiment of sociocultural differences in education, (pp. 61-64). Palgrave. 

Coats, C. (2016/2020).Artist-cum-Farmer: The collective aestheticization of farming as civic engagement. In (R. Shin, Ed.) Convergence of contemporary art, visual culture, and global civic engagement, (pp. 185-209) IGI Global. Doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1665-1.ch011 and In Environmental and Agricultural Informatics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (pp. 1233-1257). IGI Global. http://doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-9621-9.ch056

Peer-Reviewed Academic Journal Articles

Coats, C. (2020). Stickiness as methodological condition. Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, 40, 16-28. https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jstae/vol40/iss1/3/

Coats, C. (2019). Realize collective value: Generating immeasurable potential through creative micro-economies and self-organized cultural activity. Art Education, 72(5), 40-46. (Special Issue: Entrepreneurialism and Creative Destruction; acceptance rate: 30%) https://doi.org/10.1080/00043125.2019.1621628

Coats, C. & Clyne, D. (2017). Welcome swarms: Opening up to art education’s force in a democratic global society. Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association, 70(1), 44-49.https://doi.org/10.1080/00043125.2017.1247572

Coats, C. (2015). Materializing transversal potential: An ecosophical analysis of the dissensual aestheticization of a decommissioned missile base. The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, 32, 127-160. http://www.jcrae.org/journal/index.php/jcrae/article/view/45

Coats, C. (2014). Thinking through the photographic encounter: Engaging with the camera as nomadic weapon.International Journal of Education and the Arts, 15(9), 1-23. http://www.ijea.org/v15n9/

Coats, C. (2014, Summer). Tracing suburban desire. Visual Arts Research, 40(1), 17-18. https://doi.org/10.5406/visuartsrese.40.1.0017

Coats, C. (2012). Act locally: Considering possibilities with local art collectives. Trends: The Journal of the Texas Art Education Association, 2012, 48-49. https://www.taea.org/TAEA/Docs/2012/TAEA-2012-November-Trends.pdf

Invited Academic Journal Articles

Coats, C. (2020). Commentary: Embrace art education’s indiscernibility. Art Education, 73(4), 44-47. (Special Issue: The Future of Art Curriculum). 

https://doi.org/10.1080/00043125.2020.1717818

Coats, C., & Shields, A. (2019). Inviting the waste of studio practice: Cala Coats and Alison Shields in conversation. Visual Arts Research, 45(1), 103-109. (Special Issue: Women art educators in higher education: Conversations on studio practices). https://doi.org/10.5406/visuartsrese.45.1.0103

 

Editor, Peer-Reviewed 

Coats, C., & Sharma, M. (Eds.). 2021. Theme: Encountering Uncertainty, Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, 41. 

                  Editorial: Encountering uncertainty: Shifting Orientations through Imagination and Disruption, (pp. 2-6). https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jstae/vol41/iss1/

Coats, C., & Justice, S. (Eds.). 2018. Special Issue: Disrupting the everyday: Encountering awareness and new curiosities. Trends: The Journal of the Texas Art Education Association. 

                  Editorial: Disrupting the everyday: Encountering awareness and new curiosities, (p. 4). https://www.taea.org/TAEA/Docs/2018/TRENDS-2018.pdf

Research Activity

Moran, S., Coats, C., & Koro, M. (2020-22). Designing the Pluriversity. Institute for Humanities Research Interdisciplinary Research Cluster & Pedagogical Programming for the Center for Philosophical Technologies, Arizona State University. Grant-funded. https://designingpluriversity.org

Coats, C., & Zuiker, S. (2020-21). Green STEAM Studios: Designing Agential Ecologies for Wonder, Curiosity, and Interconnectedness through School Gardens. Seed grant funded research from Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. This research is an IRB Approved partnership with Paideia Academy in South Phoenix. 

Coats, C. & Tinapple, D. (2020). Assembling global rhythms: sites of collective digital engagement. Protocol submission to Studio D: Experimentation with digital education beyond outcomes-based learning (T. E. Lewis & P. B. Hyland, Co-Investigators). American Educational Research Association. (in progress)

Coats, C. (2019). Principal Organizer & Panelist. Imaginative Futures: Arts-Based Research as Boundary Event. 2-day symposium with international group of artists, scholars, and educators. November, 8-9, 2019, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. 

Coats, C. (2019). Coordinator & Workshop Leader. ASU Educators’ Summer Art Studio & Curriculum Development Workshop. Week-long studio and curriculum workshop with regional Art Educators. 

 

Courses

Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
ARE 250 Teaching Inquiry in Art
ART 493 Honors Thesis
ARE 496 Methods/Assess/Learning in Art
ARE 499 Individualized Instruction
ARE 584 Internship
ARE 590 Reading and Conference
ARE 592 Research
ARE 598 Special Topics
LSE 599 Thesis
ARE 599 Thesis
ARE 684 Internship
ARE 690 Reading and Conference
ARE 695 Continuing Registration
ARE 795 Continuing Registration
ARE 799 Dissertation
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
ARE 301 Studio Art & Human Development
ARE 494 Special Topics
ARE 496 Methods/Assess/Learning in Art
ARE 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ARE 598 Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ARE 301 Studio Art & Human Development
ARE 525 Research on Art Instruction