Geri A. Chesner, PhD., Associate Professor, currently serves as the National College of Education Director of Assessment at National Louis University. She is a professor in the Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Teacher Leader graduate programs. She completed her doctorate degree in Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and studied urban children constructing meaning through response to picture book illustration and design. Through her research she identified nine key visual literacy skills that support a framework for integrating visual literacy within the early childhood and elementary literacy curriculum. Her research focus continues related to visual literacy and supporting and developing it in a variety of educational contexts.
Prior to National Louis University, Geri was an associate professor at Alverno College in Milwaukee where in addition to teaching in the elementary teacher preparation program, taught in and coordinated the graduate program in reading and literacy. Her work there included being a team member on the college-wide Aesthetic Engagement committee, one of the 8 core abilities of Alverno’s curriculum that nurtures students in “mastering the ability to engage with the arts and draw meaning and value from artistic expression.” Her elementary teaching experience was in the Milwaukee Public Schools at the 3rd through 5th grade level in an Open Education, project-based curriculum school.
Geri has been a member of IVLA for 15 years, since being introduced to it during her doctoral work. In addition to being IVLA secretary, she has been a board member serving for three terms.