Paige Vitulli, Ph.D.
Paige Vitulli, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Integrative Studies; Associate Professor, Department of Leadership and Teacher Education
Art Education, Technology, Literacy, Instructional Design

B.S., Early Childhood Education, University of South Alabama, 1986
M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, University of South Alabama, 2000
Ph.D., Instructional Design and Development, University of South Alabama, 2006
Teaching Philosophy
Each semester I ask myself, what might students who spend time enrolled in one of my classes learn, remember, and value from this experience, now and in the future. What will I ask students to consider, read, discuss, do, or create, which may have a significant impact on them, their future and the students they will teach? Providing meaningful learning experiences that have a positive, substantial, and lasting influence on students’ professional and personal lives is what I strive to do. I endeavor to develop student abilities to positively contribute to the multiple communities of which they are a part through the educational experiences I design, model, and mentoring. Teaching is multifaceted and fluid. Through continuous action research of subject matter, decisions about learning experiences, interactions with students, course design, facilitation of collaboration, and advising, and through continuous revision and refinement of ideas to develop a student-centered approach, instruction varies. Contexts change and effective learning experiences for kindergarten through college are not static. I believe life-long learning through multiple avenues to increase and improve knowledge, skills, and attitudes should be pursued by all.
My research interests have evolved from technology integration, literacy instruction to arts integration across all content areas. I am interested in visual literacy and the role integrating the arts has in promoting problem solving and critical thinking.
At the University of South Alabama, Leadership and Teacher Education department level, I am involved with pre-tenure advising, promotion and tenure, faculty position searches, and student awards committees. At the college level I serve on the undergraduate candidacy, honors and awards, recruitment and retention, social media committees, and faculty council. At the university level I have been on faculty senate and a member of the technology utilization committee. I currently serve on the USA honors faculty council, art collection advisory committee and represent the college on the employee annual fund campaign.

In the community I continuously volunteer in Mobile and Baldwin County Public School Systems. At the classroom level, I mentor and model arts integration lessons and serve as a classroom reader. For four consecutive years I judged the Mobile County Spelling Bee, and helped write the technology plan for the language arts curriculum. I am the Higher Education Division Chairperson for the Alabama Art Education Association and have developed partnerships with the Mobile Museum of Art and Alabama Contemporary Art Center.

Globally, I have been invited by the Confucius Institute of China to tour various universities and cultural sites in Beijing, Shanghai and Xian. I was an invited visiting scholar by the University of Shaoxing, China and taught in the School of Education as well as the Lu Xun preschool and the government preschool.
My background influences the integrated approach I take toward teaching and learning. I have taught at the elementary level and volunteer in the Mobile County Public School System. As an associate professor at the University of South Alabama, I have taught graduate and undergraduate courses in art education, language arts methods, foundations of reading instruction, action research and instructional design. I have served as the Technology Liaison for the Mobile Bay Writing Project and Assistant Program Director for the USA Arts in Education grant, am on the board of the Alabama Art Education Association, and the program director for the graduate Art Education Program in the Department of leadership and Teacher Education. My personal interests include traveling, photography, kayaking, gardening, cooking and spending time with my family and friends, especially my adult daughters, Brooke and Jacy.



AED 301 - Visual Arts for Young Children
AED 440 Art in the N-12 Program
AED 441 - Art in the N-12 Program
EDU 301 - Arts in the Elementary School
EEC 494 - Directed Studies: Arts in Education: Visual Arts
EDF 315 - Multicultural Education
RED 330 - Foundations of Reading Instruction (W)
EEC 332 - Teaching Language Arts
EEC 430 - Student Teaching
EEC 490 - Special Topics
EEC 499 - Senior Honors Project
SED 470 - Student Teaching N-12 Program

AED 501 - Trends and Practices in Teaching Art in the Elementary School
AED 540 - Art in the N-12 Program
AED 595 - Art Education Internship
EEC 522 - Elementary School Curriculum
EEC 610 - Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching
EEC 694 - Directed Studies and Research
EEC 699 - Research Project
EDU 640 - Instructional Development
EDU 650 - Instructional Techniques
SED 560 - Graduate Research Seminar
IDE 597 - Student Teaching - Secondary Education
IDE 650 - Instructional Techniques