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Art Partners program founder and director. President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, President’s Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Equity and Campus Diversity, Buffalo State cvStudents’ Award for Promotion of Respect for Individual Difference. Professional expertise and research interests include: art education for children at risk and those with special learning needs, urban art education, therapeutic teaching, art and culture program development for underserved communities, diversity training, and cultural competence in the classroom.
In addition to professional practice as a clinical art therapist, Prof. Andrus’ experience includes 31 years in higher education, including 19 years concurrent elementary and high school level teaching in collaboration with college students through the Art Partners preservice program she founded for at risk urban students with special learning needs. Andrus is a recipient of several grants supporting her community service work. Her refereed publications, conference presentations and keynote addresses are found at the international, national, regional, state and local levels. Her book chapters and articles appear in scholarly publications of the National Art Education Association, the American Art Therapy Association, the Kennedy Center VSA program, and Art Education Victoria, Australia.