Melody K. Milbrandt became a member of the School of Art and Design art education faculty in the fall of 2001. She was previously an assistant professor of art education at the State University of West Georgia from 1996-2001. She received her Ph.D. in Art Education from the Florida State University in 1996, where she received the prestigious J. Paul Getty Fellowship for Art Education for her dissertation research. Milbrandt worked as an art educator for over 16 years in a variety of K-12 public school settings in Kansas, Florida, and Georgia.
Throughout her career she has been continually involved in state and national professional associations, holding many leadership positions and presenting numerous professional workshops each year. She was named Kansas Elementary Art Educator (1990), Georgia Elementary Art Educator of the Year (1995), and National Art Education Association (NAEA) Art Educator of the year in 2015 and is a Distinguished Fellow of NAEA. Milbrandt’s co-authored a book, Art for Life (2005), with Tom Anderson, promotes authentic instruction through a study of contemporary art. She also authored numerous book chapters and research publications. Milbrandt’s research continues to center contemporary issues of social justice and demographic research profiling a variety of perspectives on the teaching, learning, and research in art education.