James Haywood Rolling, Jr., Ed.D., is a Dual Professor of Art Education and Teaching and Leadership in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Education at Syracuse University, where he also serves as the chair of Art Education. For Fall 2018, Rolling was appointed to serve as the inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), serving as Higher Education Division Director from 2011-2013. Rolling is also the 2014 recipient of the National Higher Education Art Educator Award for outstanding service and achievement of national significance and has recently completed a three-year term (2015-2017) as Senior Editor of Art Education, the bi-monthly journal of NAEA.
Rolling is the newly elected Associate Chair on the NAEA Research Commission where he had been a Commissioner At-Large since 2014. He is also the author of Swarm Intelligence: What Nature Teaches Us About Shaping Creative Leadership, a surprising look at the social origins of creativity, and the Arts-based Research Primer, both published in 2013.
Rolling earned his Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University, his M.F.A. in studio arts research at Syracuse University, and his B.F.A. at the Cooper Union School of Art. Looking back over the arc of his career from elementary school art teacher to teacher educator, he cites his work teaching 3D Design and Sculpture over two consecutive years to high school students enrolled in Cooper Union’s Saturday Art Program as his genesis for understanding the necessity of an art and design education in the present age—providing a catalyst for diverse and creative identities exploding into existence.
Rolling has been newly inducted as part of the 2017 class of NAEA Distinguished Fellows in recognition of a career of exemplary accomplishment in research, scholarship, teaching, and leadership in the field.