Rebecca Plummer Rohloff

Rebecca Plummer Rohloff

Professional Details

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: MH-314B
Phone: 978-542-6318
Resume: Rebecca Plummer Rohloff [DOC 80KB]

Professional Biography

Professor Rohloff graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1996 with a B.A in Studio Arts and Art Education, and was licensed in K-12 Art teaching. Upon graduation, Rebecca moved to Southern Japan to teach English and art in the JET program, hosted by Japanese elementary and junior high schools. She returned to Illinois three years later to teach high school art in Tolono, IL. She began her Masters in Art Education degree two years later at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a research focus upon visual culture and youth identity. During this time as a graduate student, she worked at the Japan House and assisted teaching courses on Zen Aesthetics, Tea Ceremony, and the Ikebana Flower Arranging. She also coordinated the U of I's Summer Arts Enrichment program, and ran a watercolor class at Clark Lindsey Retirement Village.  With an increasing interest in phenomenology and the psychology of her own studio process as an artist, she entered the doctoral program and studied the healing and emancipatory benefits of art making. During this time she also began visiting Maya communities in the highlands of Guatemala, and investigations of indigenous community arts and activism there. She completed her PhD in 2008 and took a position as visiting faculty in Art Education at Penn State University. Professor Rohloff came to Salem State in 2010 and presently lives in Boston's Jamaica Plain.  

Professional Interests

Contemporary & Holistic Arts Curriculum Development

Ancient & Contemporary Maya life and cultural arts

Expressive Art Therapy/ Arts in Medicine 

Member of National Art Education Association

Member of Massachusetts  Art Education Association


Coordinator of the Art Education Program

Advisor to the FAAST After School Art Club 

Member of EDU Unit & Committee on Licensure

SOAS University Committee 

Selected Publications

June 200 Solidarity,Global Scholarship, and the Ethics of Encounter: A Case Study From Guatemala. In E. Delacruz & M. Parsons (2009). Art Education and G.l.o.b.a.l.i.z.a.t.i.o.n. National Art Education Association.

Creative Interventions: Arts-based Living Pedagogy. In McCarthy, C. ( Ed). (2007). Globalizing cultural studies: Interventions in methods and policy. New York: Peter Lang.

Beyond the Circus: Grounding A Visual Culture Pedagogy, in Duncum, P. ( 2006). Classroom Practices in visual culture. Preston, VA: NAEA.

Selected Presentations

National Art Eduction Association Convention, Baltimore, 2009 "Maya Murals"

National Art Education Association Convention, Chicago 2008 "ECO-Art WEBs"

National Art Education Association Convention, New York, 2007 "Masks of Cool"

Personal Interests

Mixed Media Painting, visual journaling, jewelry & mask making

Japanese Zen, Insight meditation, Ashtanga Yoga

Guatemala- Maya life & cultural arts