Lynette Henderson joined the Art department at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 2006 as Associate Professor of Art Education. She earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Art Education, from Arizona State University (ASU, 2006). Dr. Henderson is also a working artist in drawing and painting, with a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1986), and MFA from the University of Minnesota (1989). Dr. Henderson taught children, youth and adults through community college, public and private schools in the mid- and southwest, also directing a variety of programs, curatorial work and community service at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, and through A World of Difference, an affiliate of the Anti-Defamation League that focused on prejudice-awareness training. Dr. Henderson taught pre-service teachers for several years at ASU prior to arriving at CSUN. Dr. Henderson is a member of the California Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association.
Research interests include interdisciplinary, multi-and cross-cultural topics and issues in art and education, and developing critical content for thematic art education. Publications include Southeast Asian art and the art of Laos; content-based curriculum with endangered species, and collaborative research on teaching in higher education. Dr. Henderson is currently working on an article on critical interdisciplinary curriculum that utilizes aspects of ethnography, archaeology, and anthropology in figurative art, and a book chapter for pre-service teachers in art and social science education.