Michelle Kraft is a 1990 LCU alumna who taught Art at Dunbar High School in Lubbock from 1990-1994. She began teaching as an Instructor at LCU in August 1994 and has taught courses in studio art, art history, and art educational theory.
Dr. Kraft's research interests include art pedagogy and theory as they relate to issues of diversity and disability. She has published manuscripts in the journals Visual Arts Research, The Journal for Social Theory in Art Education, The Journal for Cultural Theory in Art Education, Visual Culture & Gender, and Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association. Dr. Kraft is active in the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) and served as the Higher Education Division Chair from 2001-2005. She has been editor for the TAEA journal Trends since 2006 and was the recipient of the TAEA Outstanding Art Educator Award for the Higher Education Division in 2007.
In January 2008, Dr. Kraft became the Assistant Dean for the Hancock College of Liberal Arts and Education. Michelle Kraft has presented widely at regional and national conferences individually and with her students. She engages students in contributions to the field and experiential learning through involvement in professional conferences, on-site teaching projects, and travel-based learning.
Dr. Kraft serves as the sponsor for LCU's Student Art Education Association, and the organization's projects have included university arts festivals, exhibitions, fundraising for art educational needs (such as art supplies for the Buckner Baptist Children's Home's art therapy room), and the April Art Lesson project in which LCU art students develop and teach art lessons to home-schooled students.
Michelle Kraft is married to Albert Kraft, a firefighter for the City of Lubbock. They attend worship at the Green Lawn church of Christ where they served for many years as sponsors of the Young Professionals ministry and have worked as grounds keepers. Dr. Kraft is active in teaching the Special Adults Bible class at Green Lawn, as well. She and Albert enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, and eating.
Manuscript publication in journal Visual Culture & Gender Presentation at National Art Education Association Conference-Minneapolis, April 2009 Chapter accepted for publication in book Matter Matters: Material Culture in Art Education Co-editor, journal Trends in Art Education Book proposal under consideration with National Art Education Association Presentations with students at Texas Art Education Association Conference-San Antonio, November 2008