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  • Jamie Simpson Steele

    Associate Professor


    • Institute for Teacher Education
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    Brief Biography

    Dr. Jamie Simpson Steele is Associate Professor at the College of Education, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where she prepares teacher candidates to integrate the arts throughout the curriculum. As a teaching artist, she continues to explore the development of new curriculum and contribute to professional development opportunities for teaching artists and in-service teachers. Her research interests address issues of social justice, performances of culture, arts integration, and performance as research methodology. Dr. Simpson Steele collaborates with leading arts organizations such as Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Hawai‘i Arts Alliance, and Maui Arts and Culture Center to better understand and sustain the arts in schools throughout the state of Hawai‘i.

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    Curriculum Vitae


    Scholarly Works

      Book Chapters

    • Cook, B., Simpson Steele, J., & Cook, L. (2017). Using evidence-based practice in teaching students with and at risk for developing disabilities. In J. B. C. & S. Malley (Ed.), Handbook of arts education and special education. New York: Routledge.
    • Simpson Steele, J. (2014). The vagabond’s dilemma; Representing host culture as a teaching artist. In The reflective teaching artist: Collected wisdom from the drama/theatre field (pp. 126–145). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
    • Journal Articles

    • Simpson Steele, J. (2019). Where are they now? Graduates of an arts integration elementary school reflect on art, school, self and others . International Journal for Education and the Arts, 20 (11), 1–23.
    • Simpson Steele, J. (2018). The teaching artist: Identity and development in a hybrid profession. Youth Theatre Journal, 32(1), 60–74.
    • Schlaak, N., & Simpson Steele, J. (2018). The collaborative residency project: The influence of co-teaching on professional development in arts integration, 19(11), 1–28.
    • Simpson Steele, J. (2017). Noncognitive factors in an elementary school-wide arts integrated model. Journal of Learning Through the Arts, 12 (1), 1–36.
    • Simpson Steele, J. (2016). Becoming creative practitioners: Elementary teachers tackle artful approaches to writing instruction. Teaching Education, 27(1), 72–87.
    • Simpson Steele, J. (2016). El Sistema fundamentals in practice: An examination of one public elementary school partnership in the US. International Journal of Music Education, 28(3), 269–289.
    • Simpson Steele, J., Fulton, L. A., & Fanning, L. (2016). Dancing with STEAM: Creative movement generates electricity for young learners. Journal of Dance Education, 16(3), 112–117.
    • Simpson Steele, J., & Fulton, L. A. (2016). Reconciling the divide: Common processes in science and arts education. The STEAM Journal, 2(3), 1–15.
    • Frambaugh-Kritzer, C., Buelow, S. M., & Simpson Steele, J. (2015). What are disciplinary literacies in dance and drama in the elementary grades. Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 11(1), 65–87.
    • Simpson Steele, J. (2013). Approaching evaluation of professional development in arts integration. Teaching Artist Journal, 11(3), 147–155.
    • Simpson Steele, J., & Kelin, D. (2013). Dramatic differences: The power of playbuilding for young English language learners. The Tapestry Journal, 4(2), 19–31.
    • Simpson Steele, J. (2013). Geopathology on May Day: Expressions of culture on Hawai‘i’s Elementary School Stages. Equity and Excellence in Education, 46(2), 169–183.
    • Simpson Steele, J. (2012). Talk-story: A quest for new research methodology in neocolonial Hawaiʻi. Youth Theatre Journal, 26, 38–49.
    • Simpson Steele, J., Gohier, G., Lipscomb, A. L., & Steele, A. S. (2012). May Day is Lei Day in Hawaiʻi. Cultural Studies, Critical Methodologies, 12(1), 43–50.
    • Simpson Steele, J. (2005). Performance and social inversion: The Sāmoan White Sunday. Youth Theatre Journal, 19, 132–147.
    • Simpson Steele, J., Herring, J., & Kelin, D. (2002). Developing Creative Curriculum: A model for preservice teacher training in drama education. State of the Arts, 14(3), 12–16.
    • Presentations

    • Simpson Steele, J., & Fulton, L. A. (2013). Scientists are Artists: A Framework for Merging Processes in the Sciences and the Arts. Presented at Pacific Consortium Conference, Honolulu, HI.