Aaron D. Knochel’s research focuses on the intersections between art education, social theory, and media studies. From community-based media production to participatory do-it-yourself digital fabrication, his interests follow the complexities of civic engagement both through art and design and through network connectivity.
Recent grant funded research projects include a National Science Foundation Eager Maker grant for M.A.K.E. 3D (NSF award #1623494) a deployable makerspaces exploring interdisciplinary making and 3D printing technologies and a Penn State Philadelphia Center Seeding Change grant focused on designing public monuments through participatory action research and co-design social practices. Publications include articles in Studies in Art Education, Visual Arts Research, The International Journal of Education through Art, and Kairos. Generally, he tries to live up to his @artisteducator Twitter bio: artist-teacher-visual culture researcher-digital media flaneur-novice hacker and pixel stacker.
Knochel is currently Assistant Professor of Art Education in the Penn State School of Visual Arts and an Embedded Researcher at the Art & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) in the College of Arts & Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University. He has presented his research at a range of national and international conferences including the National Art Education Association National Convention and at the International Society for Education through Art World Congress most recently in Daegu, South Korea. Knochel was chosen as a 2011 Digital Media and Learning Summer Research Institute Fellow funded by the MacArthur Foundation.