Cris Guenter, EdD

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BS in Art Education, Penn State

K-12 Teaching Credential, Pennsylvania

BFA in Painting, Penn State

MAT in Painting & Printmaking, University of Wyoming

Ed.D. in Educational Foundations, University of Wyoming

K-12 Teaching Credential, Wyoming

Teaching and Research Interests

Cris is an educator and an artist. Prior to coming to California State University, Chico in 1987, Cris taught 7-12 art in Clarion, Pennsylvania, and served as the elementary teacher and K-8 Coordinator of Gifted & Talented Education in Sweetwater District #2, Green River, WY. She teaches undergraduate, credential, and graduate courses for the School of Education including Fundamentals of Teaching Practice, Curriculum Theory & Practice-Arts, Subject Area Pedagogy II—Art & Music, Digital Media & Online Learning, and MA in Education Research Writing Development. She supervises student teachers in Butte and Glenn Counties. She served as coordinator of the Ireland Exchange Program for the University from 1990-2002. She served as the MA in Education Graduate Coordinator from 2007-2014. She specializes in teaching that focuses on arts education, digital graphics, and technology in education. Her research interests include technology's intersection with the arts, authentic assessment, digital portfolios, and online instruction. Her paintings and photographs have been exhibited in several national juried exhibitions. She was named the 2008 National Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association. She currently serves as chair of CSU, Chico's University Technology Advisory Committee (UTAC).

Cris has worked on the MERLOT Teacher Education Editorial Board for the CSU, Chancellor’s Office since 2000.

She is the incoming Pacific Region Vice President for the National Art Education Association.

In 2015 Cris published an iBook, Chico State Campus Grounds: Images from My iPhone, featuring over 120 of her photographs.

Visit Dr. Guenter's website for more information on arts education and technology resources.

Recent Publications

Book Chapter

2014.   Art education and virtual worlds: Immersive cross-curricular learning. In Stokrocki, M. (Ed.) Explorations in virtual worlds: New digital multi-media literacy investigations for art education. (chapter 3). Reston, VA: NAEA.


2015. Finalist in The Artist’s Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition. Juried out of 7500 national entries. Listed in December 2015 issue.

2014. Guenter, C. E. Front and back book cover Art.  Stokrocki, M. (Ed.) (2014.) Explorations in virtual worlds: New digital multi-media literacy investigations for art education. Reston, VA: NAEA.

Recent Presentations

2015.  “Twitter: A Tool for Social Justice and Social Justice Educators.” Peer-reviewed. National Network for Educational Renewal. Chico, CA

2015.  “Augment Your Classroom Reality! Discover Aurasma!” Peer-reviewed. California Art Education Association. Sacramento, CA

2015.  “Vineyard Apprentices: MERLOT and Teacher Education in the Cal State System.” Peer-reviewed. 8th Annual International Symposium for Emerging Technologies.  Dallas, TX

2015.  “Creativity and Higher Education in the 21st Century.” Academy eLearning, CSU, Chico. Invited presentation.

2015.  “Free Online Art Tools.” NAEA National Interactive Webinar. April. Invited presentation.

Recent Exhibits

2015. “National All Media Juried Exhibit 2015.” National Juried Exhibit. Chico Art Center. Chico, CA

2014. “National All Media Juried Exhibit 2014.” National Juried Exhibit. Chico Art Center. Chico, CA

2014. Spark Gallery. National Digital Gallery, NAEA Convention, San Diego, CA

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