Rekha S. Rajan- Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Rekha S. Rajan, EdD is an arts education specialist with a focus on early childhood education and assessment. She holds a doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she also received an EdM in music education. She also holds an MA in early childhood professions from Roosevelt University.
Dr. Rajan is a senior research associate with the Center for Arts Education Research at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is part of ArtsResearch, a team of consultants who evaluate arts-based partnerships around the United States. Through these partnerships, she has interviewed and observed hundreds of public school teachers regarding the strengths and challenges they face with integrating the arts.
Her research interests focus on the impact of the performing arts in the lives of young children and on teachers’ use of the performing arts in the classroom. She has published articles in General Music Today, Focus on Pre-K&K and Focus on Elementary of the Association of Childhood Education International, and is also the author of the forthcoming book, Children’s Experiences in Musical Theater (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2013).
Dr. Rajan has held faculty positions at National-Louis University, where she coordinated the graduate programs in early childhood education, and Roosevelt University where she taught courses in elementary education and supervised student teachers. She has been working with teachers and teacher candidates for more than 10 years, and sits on various Illinois state councils and advisory committees for early childhood assessment. Dr. Rajan is also the president and founder of the Greater Chicago Area Chapter of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. Prior to teaching in higher education, Dr. Rajan taught music, theater, and dance in studio and classroom settings, and performed in numerous operas, operettas, and musicals.