Dr. Sara Scott Shields is an assistant professor at Florida State University in the Art Education department. Dr. Shields has taught at the secondary and college level for 11 years and recently received the Southeastern Higher Educator of the Year award from the National Art Education Association. She has presented and published at the state, national, and international level. Her research focus is on identity development through arts engagement, with a specific focus on how the arts can help students and teachers understand their identity in relationship to the diverse worlds we teach and live in. Her research and curriculum development is focused on the integration of contemporary art, community and personal histories, and how these might work together to create unique opportunities for art educators and students to engage in civically minded and socially just educative encounters.