Mr. Brian Bishop
B.F.A., Memphis College of Art; M.F.A., Cranbrook Academy of Art
Professor Bishop is the Program Coordinator for the Department of Art and Music where he teaches painting and drawing. Prior to joining the faculty at Framingham State University in 2008, he taught at The University of Alabama, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of Memphis, and Memphis College of Art. In addition to his teaching experience he has also served as Director and Curator of the Art Workers Union/Plan B Gallery in Memphis and as Director of Exhibitions at Memphis College of Art.
He has exhibited his work in twenty-six states and abroad. Samples of his studio practice can be found on his personal website: www.brianbishop.com
Ms. Barbara Milot
B.F.A., M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.F.A., M.A., State University of New York, Albany
Professor Milot is the Program Coordinator and Advisor for the Master of Education with a Concentration in Art. She teaches a variety of courses at the University. She has her own artwork displayed on barbaramilot.com.
Mr. Marc Cote
B.A., University of the Arts; M.F.A., University of Connecticut
Marc Cote teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate art courses at Framingham State University. He has displayed his own artwork in many local, national, and international venues. To view his work, visit Professor Cote's website.
Dr. Erika Schneider
B.A., Mount Holyoke College; M.A., Boston University; Ph.D., Tyler School of Art at Temple University
Professor Schneider teaches the art history survey, modern and contemporary art history as well as museum studies. Her specialty is nineteenth-century American art; her dissertation subject was “Starving for Recognition: The Representation of Struggling Artists in America, 1800-1865.” Before coming to FSC in 2007, she taught at Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Moore College of Art and Design, Cornish College of Arts, and the University of Delaware. She has also worked in numerous museums including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Seattle Art Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Recent publications focusing on French Symbolism include “Talisman for the Symbolist Movement: Puvis de Chavannes’ Hope” in Symbolist Objects: Materiality and Subjectivity at the Fin-de-Siècle, ed. Claire O’Mahony, England: Rivendale Press, 2009 and “Against the Tide: Paul Gauguin’s Watery Women and Their Symbolist Legacy” in Symbolism, Its Origins and Its Consequences, ed. Rosina Neginsky, Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (expected 2010). She is also working on a contemporary topic: “The Politics of Tagging: Shepard Fairey’s Obama” in Obama-Mania: Critical Essays on Representations of President Barack Obama in Popular Culture, ed. Nicholas Yanes and Derrais Carter, Jefferson, NC: McFarland, (expected 2010).
Ms. Keri Straka
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.F.A., Western Washington University; M.F.A., MassArt
Keri Straka is a ceramic artist with a BFA from Western Washington University and an MFA from MassArt. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has work in the Big Roc Sculpture Garden and the American Museum of Ceramic Objects permanent collections. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Art New England, Clay Times, Five Hundred Vases book, and Five Hundred Ceramic Sculptures book. She is an assistant professor of art/ceramics at Framingham State University. To view Professor Straka's artwork, visit her website.
Ms. Cheryl Adams
B.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art; M.A.T., University of Massachusetts; Amherst
In addition to teaching at Framingham State University, Cheryl Adams is also the Department Head of the Art at Quabbin Regional High School. She has been a member of the Massachusetts Art All-State Steering Committee since 1993 and has also presented at many educational workshops and conferences. Cheryl teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate art courses for the University.
Core Education Faculty
Dr. Peter Dittami
Visiting Assistant Professor
Dr. Peter Dittami received a bachelor's degree with a focus on elementary education from Worcester State College, a masters degree in the education of the blind from Boston College, and a doctorate in educational foundations and administration from Boston University. He served seven years as an instructor, initially of blind children and adults, and later as a fifth and sixth grade classroom teacher, and was employed as an elementary school principal for more than thirty years.
After retiring as school principal, Dr. Dittami served as Coordinator of Educational Field Placements at Framingham State University for more than six years before becoming Coordinator of the Dual Enrollment Program, a part-time position that he currently holds.
Dr. Dittami is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Framingham State University where he has taught various graduate courses focusing on the educational foundations of history, philosophy, psychology, research, and sociology for twenty-two years. He has been associated with Framingham State University International Education Program since 1995 teaching courses in Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Italy, and Ukraine and serving on the Advisory Board.
Dr. Dittami serves on the Board of Directors of the Framingham State University Foundation and on the Advisory Board of the Framingham State University John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition. He is currently pursuing historical research related to the expansion of public education in nineteenth century United States.
Reverend James B. Flynn, Ph.D.
Reverend James B. Flynn teaches Philosophy of Education and Teaching Practice in the graduate program in Education. His BA in philosophy was awarded from Catholic University of America, in addition, he has an MA from the same institution in Theology. Finally, he has an MED from Boston College in Education and his doctorate was likewise earned at Boston College. His special interests are the Philosophy and History of Education. His thesis is the educational philosophy of Antonio Rosmini Serbati. Dr. Serbati was an Italian Philosopher of Education. Reverend Flynn translated his foundational work from Italian to English, and compared and contrasted his theory of education with John Dewey, the American Philosopher of Education. In addition, Reverend Flynn studied under Lawrence Kohlberg with special attention to his cognitive-developmental theory of moral education. Finally, he is a pastor of St. Matthew Church in Southborough. Likewise, he is the senior counselor at Holy Name High School in Worcester, Massachusetts.