Debra Ambush holds a Masters and Ph.D in Art Education from The Ohio State University. She currently chairs the National Art Education Association affiliate, Committee on Multiethnic Concerns. She is an adjunct professor at the Corcoran where she teaches introduction to research methods, and a course on assessment, evaluation, and quality. Her work in art education, spanning over 30 years, has been highlighted by several awards, including the Montgomery County Education Association Jaworski Civil Rights Grant, Maryland Art Education Association Educator of the Year Award, Montgomery County Public Schools Women in the Arts Award, Getty Fellowship in Art Education, and The Ohio State University Deans Fellowship.
Ms. Ambush has a wide range of experience with curriculum development and national portfolio assessment. She was appointed to the College Board Advanced Placement Test Development committee for Studio Art. She was appointed to the Maryland State Department Education work group charged with aligning the Arts National standards with the MSDE fine arts curriculum. She has participated in MSDE workgroups charged with creating NAEP exercises. She has served as an Advanced placement consultant, national leader, and professional development materials coordinator. Dr. Ambush has participated in curriculum writing projects for MSDE including the Reginald F. Lewis collaborative project infusing African American content into the Maryland Fine Arts curriculum.
Art education publication chapters and articles include NAEA Beyond the Traditional in Art: Facing a Pluralistic Society, the Visual Arts Research Journal, online College Board website features, and the A.P. Studio Art Teachers Guide. Dr. Ambush is a painter whose most recent exhibitions have included a one woman show at Howard Community College.