Associate Professor of Art and Art Education, Director Art E
James Madison University
United States Virgin Islands
Professor Tomhave previously worked for 12 years as the Fine Arts Coordinator and 8 years as the Art Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools, supervising the K-12 fine arts programs delivered by over 1,000 certified dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts teachers for 140 elementary schools, 25 middle schools, and 26 high schools. During his tenure in Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax arts curricula were recognized for excellence by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He has taught art for 11 years at the middle school and high school levels on the White Earth Indian Reservation of northern Minnesota.
Professor Tomhave’s research, writing, and national and state level presentations are concentrated in the areas of multicultural arts education, advocacy for arts education in the 21st century, and authentic assessment strategies as pedagogy for improving student achievement in the arts. He is a previous recipient of the National Supervision/Administration Art Educator of the Year, the Virginia State Art Educator of the Year, and the Southeastern Region Supervision/Administration Art Educator of the Year for the National Art Education Association. He has been the keynote speaker for the West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Virginia State Conferences of the National Art Education Association.