Sarah Ackermann
Sarah Ackermann
Executive Director for Teaching Innovation


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About Sarah Ackermann

Dr. Sarah Ackermann’s background is in educational technology, instructional design, teacher leadership, and art education. She has experience teaching and leading in online, face-to-face, and hybrid formats. Her most recent research is in the area of teacher response and professional development during the COVID pandemic. Additionally, she has written and illustrated a children’s book which encourages young learners to identify their personal strengths.

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Professional Experience

  • Executive Director for Teaching Innovation (2020 to Present). Division of Online and Strategic Learning, Ball State University
  • Chief Academic Officer (2017 - 2019). Art of Education University
  • Art Educator (2015 - 2017). Zurich International School and Swiss International School
  • Adjunct Professor (2015 - 2017). Eastern Illinois University
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant and Adjunct Professor (2010 - 2017). University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Photography Teacher (2006-2010). Streamwood High School


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Teaching and Learning Process, 2014

University of Missouri - St. Louis

Master of Arts (MA) in Art Education, 2006

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art Education, 2005

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Photography, 2004

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne


  • Ackermann, S. & Bryant, B. (2023). "Picture perfect? Not so much: How Jeremy Okai Davis is giving voice to underrepresented figures," Art Education, 76(5), 50-58. 10.1080/00043125.2023.2230393
  • Tiedemann, A. & Ackermann, S. (2023). "13 spooky tales: A book of children’s poems." Amazon.
  • Harlow, T., Yang, Y., Ackermann, S., Dobberstein, B., Reeker, B. & Needles, T. (2023). “Pandemic pivoting: The use of home wi-fi accounts and fast-food parking lots for teachers’ internet connectivity,” Art Education, 76(3), 32-37. 10.1080/00043125.2023.2167157
  • Ackermann, S. (2021). "Finding my superpower." Orange Hat.
  • Ackermann, S., & Harlow, T. (2021). "The battle of COVID-19: Art teachers as indestructible force," Art Education, 74(6), 28 32. 10.1080/00043125.2021.1954477
  • Ackermann, S. (2020). "The time I live in, and the work of Shyama Golden," Art Education, 73(4), 48-54. 10.1080/00043125.2020.1746165
  • Ackermann, S. (2018). "Invitations to wonder: The fantastical worlds of Tara Krebs," Art Education, 71(5), 48-53. 10.1080/00043125.2018.1482166
  • Ackermann, S. (2017). "To swipe or not to swipe, that Is the question: The iPad in a preschool setting", Art Education, 70(3), 43-49. 10.1080/00043125.2017.1286861
  • Ackermann, S. (2016). "Spin me round and round: The dizzying work of Alex Garant," Art Education, 69(1), 45-52. 10.1080/00043125.2016.1106864
  • Cress-Ackermann, S. & Todorovich, J. (2015). "Two women, one shared experience: A mentorship story," Art Education, 68(4), 34-39. 10.1080/00043125.2015.11519329
  • Cress, S. (2013). "The digital domain: Using today’s technologies to inspire engaging classroom experiences," Art Education, 66(1), 40-45. 10.1080/00043125.2013.11519207
  • Cress, S. (2012). "Love, loss, and everything in between: The artwork of Bea Nettles," Art Education, 65(3), 25-32. 10.1080/00043125.2012.11519173

Sarah's Posts on the Teaching Innovation Blog