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Maloney Leaf

Betsy Maloney Leaf

Lecturer, Arts in Education
PhD, Curriculum & Instruction
MFA, Dance Performance & Choreography
BA, Dance and English

Curriculum and Instruction
Room 33 PeikH
159 Pillsbury Dr SE

Tel: 612-625-5129

Office hours:
By appointment.

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Areas of Interest

Dance pedagogy, arts education and policy, culturally relevant pedagogy, social justice in education.

Betsy Maloney, PhD, MFA, is a Lecturer in the Arts in Education program. She works with the interarts (visual art, dance, theatre arts) initial license program and teaches undergraduate courses in the C & I department. Maloney is also a research associate with Dr. Bic Ngo on the Innovating Culturally Relevant Pedagogy project. 

Prior to teaching at the University, Maloney taught dance at Main Street School of Performing Arts, a public performing arts high school in suburban Twin Cities for 10 years. She also served on the school board and as both a mentor teacher and a Q Comp coordinator. Her experience also includes teaching at Shattuck-St. Mary's school and Gustavus Adolphus College. In 2007-2008, she served on the Minnesota State Arts Standard Review Committee. 

Maloney's research examines the intersection between dance education, culturally relevant pedagogy, and educational policy. She has presented her research at several regional and national conferences, including DEC, NDEO, AERA, and CAPHERD. Her work has been published in the Journal of Dance Education, the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education & Advancement, and Arts Education Policy Review.

Maloney earned her PhD in eurriculum & instruction from the University of Minnesota, her MFA in dance performance and choreography from the University of Colorado, and her BA in dance and English from Gustavus Adolphus College.



Selected Publications

  1. Maloney, B. (2015). Institutional power: Identity, politics, and lived experiences in the dance license via portfolio process. Arts Education Policy Review, 116(2), 92-102.

  2. Maloney, B. (2004). Preventing injuries, promoting creativity. Journal of Dance Education, 3(4), 100-101.

  3. Maloney, B. (2004). Transitions: The difference between teaching in dance in the secondary school setting and higher education, Journal of Dance Education, 4(4), 124-125.

Selected Presentations

  1. Maloney, B. (2016). "Using Downtime in Democratic Dance Pedagogy," National Dance Education Organization annual conference.

  2. Maloney, B. (2016) "Variables that Affect What We Teach," Dance Educator Coalition annual workshop.

  3. Bequette, J., & Maloney, B. (2016) "Closing Gaps in Educational Opportunity: Interarts Licensing Programs Increase Equity and Access and Ease Arts Teacher Shortages," American Educational Research Association annual conferece.

  4. Ngo, B., & Maloney, B. (2016). "'You Two are Good Teachers!" Hmong Immigrant Youth Leading and Learning in a Dance Program," American Educational Research Association annual conference.

  5. Maloney, B. (2015). "Not My Body, Not My Movement: Student Resistance as a Catalyst for Pedagogical Change," National Dance Education Organization at annual conference.

  6. Maloney, B., Solsvig, S., Moser, B., & Ross, M. (2011). "The Body Project: Using Dance Science and Movement Therapy in the Classroom." National Dance Education Organization annual conference. Also presented at the American Dance Therapy Association annual conference.