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Program Coordinator
Dr. Christine Liao


Dr. Christine Liao
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator

Dr. Christine Liao is the program coordinator of the Art Education MAT program and teaches arts integration to undergraduate and graduate students in the Elementary Education program. She was an art teacher and worked with students in both public school and summer camp settings. Her research areas include media arts, digital performance, theorizing virtual body and identity, exploring interactions between virtual and real, STEAM, technology integration in art education, community art and international cultural education.

Dr. Liao has presented at national and international conferences including NAEA, AERA, and InSEA and has published in journals in the field of art education and education. Her recent work includes co-editing the book, “Critical Digital Making in Art Education,” published by Peter Lang. She also served in professional organizations in NAEA Art Education Technology Interest Group and Women’s Caucus and International Journal of Education and the Arts (IJEA) and is currently a review board member of International Journal of Education through Arts (IJETA).

In addition to working in the field of art education, she is also the UNCW faculty-led international trip Japan Study Abroad program leader since 2018. She is passionate about introducing international experience and culture to students.

Dr. Janna Siegel Robertson
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Janna Siegel Robertson teaches in the Secondary Education program. She was a former high school art teacher and has mentored young artists for the past eight years at DREAMS of Wilmington art program and Wilmington Early College High School Art club. Most recently, she taught art at JC Roe in 2017 and supported the art program at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy in 2018 and 2019. Dr. Robertson runs community art projects yearly including community murals, decorated rock gardens and juried art shows for youth.  

Dr. Robertson directed “The Forest of DREAMS mural” which is a 240 foot block long mural that transformed an entire Northside neighborhood by DREAMS Center for Arts. During 2016, she solicited 76 organizations including schools, churches, non-profits, businesses, neighbors and individuals to sponsor their creature in the forest and supervised over 600 volunteers. The formerly neglected neighborhood is now a destination where busloads of children, tourists and locals come to visit the mural with its hidden creatures and stories. A documentary titled “Brushstrokes” describes the community service learning project.  Several additional community murals have been painted around town including at Elderhaus, The Career Readiness Academy at the career Readiness Academy at Mosley PLC, D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy, New Beginnings Church, Black Man Running and Support the Port. Dr. Robertson is currently part of the team working on a Black Lives Matter art installation for the city of Wilmington. 

Meng-Jung Yang

Meng-Jung Yang (they/them/theirs) is currently a doctoral candidate at Northern Illinois University. Their research focuses on queer representations in media and LGBTQ+ topics in art education. Meng-Jung is also a practicing artist/designer and an empathetic educator for PK-12 art teacher preparation. Experiencing an education in Taiwan, Japan, and the United States has shaped Meng-Jung into an enthusiastic advocate for diversity, multicultural inclusion, and social justice. Their research has been published in Studies in Art Education and Visual Arts Research, and their research seeks to help pre-service educators decode visual spectacles of queer representation in media and encode visual messages for educational application.