Assistant Professor
Art Education

David Herman Jr., PhD


David Herman Jr. is a lens-based exhibiting artist, educator and scholar whose work explores the relations between the perceptual and the social as a political endeavor. His research and scholarly interests are grounding in a belief that the social is inherently political and that arts education provides distinct and critical opportunities to engage and understand the affective nature of social life and the being with difference. Herman’s current work seeks to understand the perceptual experiences of preadolescents through a phenomenological framework he refers to as the Perceptual Rite of Passage (PRoP).
Over the past 20 years, much of Herman’s teaching and social practice in art education, in and outside of public schools, has been associated with his work as co-founder of Preservation LINK, Inc., an arts education non-profit dedicated to creating visual literacy curricula and professional development opportunities that encourage art as imaginative inquiry and self-actualization. He is also the founding creative director of The Learning Line, a collaborative research initiative focused on transdisciplinary concepts of learning as embodied perception.
Herman has served as co-chair (2014–2016) of the Committee on Multiethnic Concerns, a special interest group of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and as Editorial Assistant (2017–2019) for Art Education Journal. Currently, Herman serves as an Executive Board Member (2018–2021) of the International Visual Sociology Association and Higher Education Representative (2019–2021) on the Professional Learning Through Research working group for the NAEA Research Commission.
PhD, Art Education, College of Visual Art and Design, University of North Texas, 2018
MA, Visual Sociology, University of Texas at Dallas, 2008
BA, Media Communications, Florida A&M University, 1994

Selected Work
Herman, D., & Kraehe, A. M. (2018). Toward a Counter-Visual Education: Cinema, Race, and the
     Reorientation of White Visuality. In A.M. Kraehe, R. Gaztambide-Fernandez, & B. S. Carpenter (Eds.),
     The Palgrave Handbook of Race and the Arts in Education (pp. 227-245). London, UK:

Herman, D., Kraehe, A. M., Bartholomee, L., & Lewis, T. (2017). Creating the City: An Interview with
     Antonia Darder and Pepón Osorio. Policy Futures in Education, 15(6), 790–802.
Herman, D. (2017). Compulsory Heterosexuality and the Queering of Southern Lines. In S. Travis, A. M.
     Kraehe, E. Hood, & T. Lewis (Eds.), Pedagogies in the Flesh: Case Studies on the Embodiment of
     Sociocultural Differences in Education
(pp. 127-132). London, UK: Palgrave-Macmillan.


Image credit: Temple University Photography / Joseph V. Labolito