Area Head, Associate Chair, Associate 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 head 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: "Teachers as Changemakers" (2010), in Art Education for Social Justice, T. Anderson and K. Hallmark, Editors, NAEA Press; "The Bearded Mother Rides Shotgun: On Being Intellectual Offspring of Dr. Enid Zimmerman," (2009), in Through the Prism: Looking into the Spectrum of Writings by Enid Zimmerman, M. Manifold and R. Sabol, Editors, NAEA Press; "Creating Safe Schools for Queer Youth," (2009), in Handbook for Social Justice in Education, W. Ayers, T. Quinn, and D. Stovall, Editors, Lawrence Ehrlbaum; "Art and Spirituality in a Hostile Culture: The Blessings Project, (2005), Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, 23, 52-63. "Guerilla Blessings: Art for the Common Good," (2004), Democracy & Education 15(3/4), 17-21.