MELISSA CRUM, Ph.D., is an artist, author, researcher, and founder of Mosaic Education Network, LLC. Mosaic Education Network (http://www.mosaiceducationnetwork.com/) is a consulting company that infuses the arts, research, storytelling and critical thinking into professional development, community building and curriculum development. The goal is for participants have alternative ways to conceptualize themselves, their future and a diverse world.
Dr. Crum earned her Bachelors in Visual Art Studies from the University of Florida, her Masters’ in African American and African Studies and her PhD in Art Administration, Education and Policy from The Ohio State University.
She has conducted professional development trainings, given presentations and facilitated projects across the United States and internationally, including Ghana and Brazil. Dr. Crum has collaborated with The Royal Shakespeare Company, and has been an Imagining America Fellow and an Albert Schweitzer Fellow. In May of 2015, Dr. Crum was nominated to give a TEDx talk “A Tale of Two Teachers” on an arts-based professional development process for companies, museums professionals, educators and non-profit leaders called multicultural critical reflective practice http://mcrp.education/ which she co-created and published.
Currently, Dr. Crum is an Editorial Advisory Board Member for The International Journal of Education & the Arts (IJEA), and leads the ARTrepreneur Artist Series in collaboration with the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise at OSU.