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Vittoria Daiello

Dr. Vittoria S. Daiello, B.F.A., M.A., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor teaching arts-based, experimental writing methodologies in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at The University of Cincinnati. An artist and art educator, Daiello’s courses in fine arts pedagogy and arts-based writing bring critical inquiry practices of contemporary art education and the studio investigations of artists into dialogue with complex socio-cultural issues.

Vittoria’s creative practice is informed by feminist-poststructuralist poetics and psychoanalytic theories of language. Approaching writing as a speculative inquiry method, Vittoria’s written and artistic work seeks to build subtle structures of expression through iterative, cumulative and poetic investigations of lived experience. Entwined with her teaching and creative practices, Daiello’s research of writing in arts and design contexts investigates the educational potential of impasses—those sites of disruption and stalled perception that resist capture within discrete disciplinary frameworks. 

Dr. Daiello’s research of arts-based writing is featured in international and national publications and fora, including the proceedings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), the National Art Education Association (NAEA), International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR); Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE), 1st Conference on Arts-Based and Artistic Research in Porto, and the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media Conference (CUMULUS). Her peer-reviewed research publications include Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Visual Arts Research Journal, The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, Studies in Art Education, Creative Approaches to Research Journal, and The Handbook of Arts-Based Research (P. Leavy, Ed.). 

In addition to her work in the School of Art at the University of Cincinnati, Daiello’s teaching experiences encompass writing instruction and mentoring in the School of Design at Jiangnan University, artist-in-residence projects in public schools, teaching art in K-12 classrooms, and writing across the curriculum program outreach.

Awards and honors include:

DAAP Professor of the YearUniversity of Cincinnati, 2019; Kenneth Marantz Distinguished Alumni Award, The Ohio State University, 2016;  DAAP Award for Outstanding Teaching, College of Design, Architecture, Art and PlanningUniversity of Cincinnati, 2011; Manuel Barkan Dissertation Award, The Ohio State University, 2008; Graduate Associate Teaching Award, The Ohio State University, 2007; Phi Kappa Phi, The Ohio State University Chapter, 2003; Ohio Arts Council Award, Ohio Exposition, Columbus, OH, 2002;  Arts Council Lake Erie West Award, Ohio Exposition, Columbus, OH, 2002; Ohio Governor’s Art Award; Columbus, OH, 2001; Marie Drenan Poetry Award, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH, 1999; Dorothy Getz Fellowship, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH, 1997, 1998