Lynne Constantine

Lynne Constantine

Lynne Constantine

Associate Professor

Gender, culture and the arts; art as social action; creativity; educating for social justice; self-study of professional practices in teaching.

Lynne Scott Constantine teaches a broad range of courses on creativity, visual thinking, critical theory, film, writing, and art as social action. Her personal practice in interdisciplinary arts explores chance, loss, and the complexities of human communication through the media of performance, installation, photography, and video art.

Lynne has presented her research on educating for social justice through the arts at the national conferences of such organizations as the College Art Association, the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, and the National Art Education Association. Her most recent research collaborations, focusing on the self-study of professional practice in teaching for visually rich learning environments, have been published in Perspectives in Education and The Journal of Transformative Education and in the upcoming edited volume Polyvocal Professional Development: Enacting dialogic professional learning through self-study.

In 2014, she co-presented the Annual Scholar’s Lecture of Mason’s Women and Gender Studies Program. She was honored as a “2015 Teacher of Distinction” by Mason’s Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence.

Lynne also is a widely published writer and has, in a varied career, taught medieval English literature; headed two nonprofits; freelanced as a journalist, speechwriter, ghostwriter and book reviewer; co-authored a book on migraine; and co-founded a communications consulting firm.

Courses Taught

AVT 101, New Majors Colloquium

AVT 103, Introduction to the Artist’s Studio

AVT 204, Visual Thinking

AVT 305, Creative Processes

AVT 307, Aesthetics

AVT 309, Art as Social Action

AVT 371, Visual Perception and the Arts

AVT 395, Writing for Artists

AVT 399, The Sustainability Project

AVT 472, Critical Theory in the Visual Arts

AVT 496, Special Topics: Film/Art

AVT 497, Senior Project

AVT 600, Research Methodologies in the Arts

AVT 610, Graduate Seminar

AVT 618, Visual Communication Theories

ARTH 350, History of Photography

ARTH 399, Aesthetics for Art History

HNRS 122, Reading the Arts


MFA, Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College

MPhil and MA, English Language and Literature, Yale University

BA summa cum laude, English, Canisius College

Recent Presentations

  • With two Mason collaborators, she was awarded a grant for 2014 and 2015 by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence and the 4-VA Fund to co-facilitate S3C: Self-Study Scholars’ Collaborative, a research community on the self-study of teaching in visually rich digital environments.
  • With her longtime collaborator Suzanne Scott Constantine, she co-created a new transdisciplinary, collaborative scholarly performance entitled “’The World Hangs by a Thread of Verbs and Nouns’: Metonymy and Poetic Inquiry in the Demilitarization of Language and the Reinvention of the World,” a multimedia meditation on the ways that artmaking and poetic inquiry can go beyond critiquing injustice to place visual and verbal metonyms into the world—objects and experiences that can serve as templates and examples of the possible. The work will be presented for the first time at the 5th Symposium on Poetic Inquiry in Vancouver, BC.