Inaugural Winner of Stinson Award Announced

Posted on March 01, 2021

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The University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Dance is delighted to announce the inaugural recipient of the UNCG | Susan W. Stinson Book Award for Dance Education to Doug Risner and Karen Schupp for the edited volume Ethical Dilemmas in Dance Education: Case Studies on Humanizing Dance Pedagogy (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020). Comprised of research-based, fictionalized case studies contributed by leading experts in dance education, the book examines real-world scenarios that call for dance educators’ ethical decision-making. The first book of its kind in dance investigates ethical dimensions of the dance studio, stage, classroom, community center, and social media contexts. 

The 2021 award selection committee noted, “Ethical Dilemmas in Dance Education is a superb edited collection of case studies that will transform dance teacher training by unpacking and asking key ethical questions. One of the most powerful and pedagogically profound aspects of the book includes reflective activities for developing humanizing dance pedagogies by revealing the complex nature of ethical decision making in dance teaching and education.” 

Dr. Doug Risner is professor of dance, distinguished faculty fellow at Wayne State University and an alumnus of UNCG (BFA, 1988; MFA, 1991; PhD, 2001). Karen Schupp is assistant director of dance and associate professor in the Herberger Institute School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University

Evaluation of nominated books centered upon assessment of the text’s originality, critical rigor, innovation, and potential contribution to the field of dance education with particular attention to books that engage, challenge, question, motivate, and support dance educators across education sectors and diverse populations.  

About the Award

Funded by an anonymous donor to UNCG in recognition of Dr. Susan W. Stinson—a leading pioneer in the field of dance education—the annual award recognizes book-length publications of excellence in dance education during the current and previous year and honors scholars and researchers who conduct and disseminate exemplary inquiry that advances the field of dance education. The award’s recognition contributes significantly to the visibility of dance education professionals and their work, as well as the vitality of outstanding dance scholarship and publication excellence. The deadline for nominations occurs annually in late December with award decisions determined by early March of the following year.  

About Dr. Susan Stinson

Sue Stinson, Emeritus Professor of Dance, became a full-time faculty member in the Department of Dance at UNCG in 1979, having been recruited to develop the K-12 licensure program.  She subsequently earned her EdD in Curriculum/Cultural Studies from UNCG in 1984. 


Dr. Stinson served as Department Head in Dance 1993-2002 and undergraduate coordinator 2002-2012. During her tenure as Head, she led the Department to its first accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Dance. Dr. Stinson initiated the BA in dance and the MA in dance education, the latter delivered through online and summer courses.  She served as Interim Dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance from July 2012 until her retirement in July 2013. 

 She has published her scholarly work in multiple journals and book chapters and has taught and presented her work throughout the USA and in a number of countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. Her research focused on both theoretical issues in dance education and how children and adolescents make meaning from their experiences in dance education.  In addition, she is the author of two books, Dance for Young Children: Finding the Magic in Movement (1988), and Embodied Curriculum Theory and Research in Arts Education: A Dance Scholar’s Search for Meaning (2016).  

An active member of her profession at the state, national, and international levels, Dr. Stinson played a key role in the initial and subsequent development of standards for K-12 dance education.  Her international service has included a number of positions in Dance and the Child: International, as Chair, Research Officer, international conference co-chair, and Proceedings editor.  She has also served on international advisory boards for publications in Dance and Arts Education.  National awards include National Dance Association Scholar (1994), National Dance Education Organization Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), and Congress on Research in Dance award for Outstanding Scholarly Research in Dance (2012). 

Since her retirement, she has engaged extensively in community-based activities related to social justice and other civic initiatives, creating a meaningful new chapter of her life. 

Read more about the book, Ethical Dilemmas in Dance Education at 



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