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Distinguished Faculty Fellow 
Professor of Dance

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Keynote Presentation

"Asking New Questions: Gender Inequities in Dance Education"

From the "Men in Dance Symposium: Bridging the Gap" (NDEO). West Virginia University, June 29, 2017.

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"Cultural Resistance and Male Privilege in Dance Education"

2016 - Presentation for dance and the Child international

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Book_Dance Professional Practice Workpla


with Angela Pickard

Education Books Bookshelfs

-Reflective Practice in Dance Education (JODE)
-Dance Futures (RIDE)
(Coming Soon)

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The Doug Risner Prize for Emerging Dance Researchers, awarded by the Journal of Dance Education, recognizes emerging scholars who conduct outstanding dance inquiry. The award is specifically for unpublished scholars, and the winning article will be published in JODE. The recipient receives an honorarium that can be used for National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) membership fees, NDEO conference costs, Online Professional Development Institute fees, and other professional services offered through NDEO.

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Doug Risner, PhD, MFA, is Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Professor of Dance, Director, MA in Theatre & Dance Teaching Artistry. Dr. Risner conducts research on the sociology of dance training and education, curriculum theory and policy, social foundations of dance pedagogy, gender in dance, and online learning and web-based curriculum design. His publications include Stigma & Perseverance in the Lives of Boys Who Dance (2009); Hybrid Lives of Teaching Artists in Dance and Theatre Arts: A Critical Reader (2014) with Dr. Mary Anderson; Gender, Sexuality and Identity: Critical Issues in Dance Education (2015), and Dance & Gender: A Collection of Empirical Research (2016); Risner is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the Journal of Dance Education and Associate Editor of the international journal, Research in Dance Education. Dr. Risner has choreographed over 50 works which have been funded in part by the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, Iowa Arts Council, North Carolina Department of Education, the George T. and Jutta F. Anderson Foundation. His choreographic work has been honored by the Seven States Choreography Competition, the American College Dance Festival, and his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).

Dr. Risner is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State and the recipient of numerous awards including the Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellowship (WSU), President’s Excellence in Teaching Award (WSU), the Outstanding Dance Education Researcher Award and Visionary Award in Dance from the National Dance Education Organization, and the 2017 School of Dance Distinguished Alumni Award (UNCG). The Doug Risner Prize for Emerging Dance Researchers was established in 2016 by the Journal of Dance Education to honor Dr. Risner’s commitment to excellence in research and research education. His forthcoming book project, Case Studies in Dance Education: Ethical Dimensions of Humanizing Pedagogy (2018), with Professor Karen Schupp is published by McFarland.

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Courses & Lectures

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Wayne State University

Apply Now! Fall 2018

The Master of Arts in Teaching Artistry is a three-year, part-time program of advanced studies in theatre and dance, designed to provide specialized training in:

  • research methods

  • professional practice

  • pedagogical foundations of teaching artistry

The program equips artists, educators and community workers with practical knowledge and research skills necessary for effective engagement of communities through arts experiences.  Bringing together the most current theories and practices of arts engagement, students will be trained in an environment that fosters cultural sensitivity, problem-solving skills and ensemble-based thinking and creativity.  With this degree, students may continue or pursue careers in teaching artistry, arts administration, arts advocacy and arts entrepreneurship.

The MA in Teaching Artistry is offered in two formats in order to provide the most flexibility for students who are working professionals and those living outside the Detroit metro area. All required courses are delivered online. Students who elect the fully online format can complete the program entirely through online courses and telecommuting with their major professors. Students who select the "hybrid" format will complete the program by combining online required courses with face-to-face elective classes. Students in both tracks have the option of completing their degree either with an Essay or a Thesis.

Summer 2017

This course provides a survey of current research paradigms in dance education inquiry with particular emphasis on research design, methodology, and pedagogical implications for dance teaching and curriculum. The course provides an in-depth study of empirical and exploratory research drawn from historical, philosophical, ethnographic, case study, survey, action research, interpretive and critical approaches. The formulation of research question(s) and their methodologies figure prominently in the course outcomes. 3 NDEO CEUs. Eligible for 3 Mills CEUs or 3 UNCG undergraduate credits.

Summer 2017

This course provides a survey of educational foundations in dance pedagogy with particular emphasis on social and cultural aspects of pedagogical theory in multiple settings (K-12, private studio, higher education, and dance in community). Study includes the historical context of education and dance education, education theory, the art and science of teaching, the sociology of school organization and culture, and the ethical dimensions of teaching. Applied experiences include field observations in diverse dance teaching environments and social immersion projects. 3 NDEO CEUs.


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