Associate Dean, Professor
PhD (curriculum and instruction with emphases in art education and social foundations of education) – Indiana University, Bloomington
BS (art education) – Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Dr. Cosier is Associate Dean in the Peck School of the Arts and Professor of Art Education, a program with a social justice mission. She teaches courses for graduate and undergraduate students and supervises student teachers. She is an active member of Milwaukee's Educators' Network for Social Justice, and works extensively in schools in the Milwaukee area, which is the reason she loves her job. Dr. Cosier's research interests focus on the interconnected issues of anti-racist/anti-biased teacher education, urban education, alternative education for at-risk youth, and art and education for social justice. On the national level, Dr. Cosier works within a number of caucuses of the National Art Education Association including: Urban Education Caucus, LGBT Caucus, Social Theory Caucus, Women's Caucus, and the Seminar For Research in Art Education.
Selected publications include Transforming City Schools Through Art: Approaches to Meaninful K-12 Learning, a co-edited book published by Teachers College Press. Journal articles include This is What Democracy Looks Like: The Artists of the Wisconsin Uprising in the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, and Girl Stories: On Narrative Constructions of Identity in Visual Arts Research. Art and Spirituality in a Hostile Culture: The Blessings Project, Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, and Guerilla Blessings: Art for the Common Good, Democracy & Education. Book Chapters include Art Teachers as Changemakers, in Art Education for Social Justice, NAEA Press; The Bearded Mother Rides Shotgun: On Being Intellectual Offspring of Dr. Enid Zimmerman, in Through the Prism: Looking into the Spectrum of Writings by Enid Zimmerman, NAEA Press; "Creating Safe Schools for Queer Youth," (2009), in Handbook for Social Justice in Education, Ehrlbaum.
Dr. Cosier is founder of the Milwaukee Visionaries Project, an award winning after school media literacy project for middle and high school students in Milwaukee. Together with Josie Osborne, Director of the First Year Program in Art and Design, s he is co-founder of ArtsECO, a program that seeks to develop teachers as change-makers backed by a strong and sustainable community of nonprofit arts organizations and K-16 school partnerships. The program is supported by a $548,000 two-year grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. ArtsECO will recruit and educate thoughtfully engaged, social justice-oriented art and generalist teachers who wish to teach through art and support them as they grow into inspired mentors who know how to leverage and share the rich assets of Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin.