Jill Thayer, PhD

Department Chair, Adjunct Professor, Department of Art

Phone: (626) 414-3550
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Jill Thayer, PhD is an adjunct professor of art history in the Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History at APU. Her focus includes theory and practice, writing art criticism, and methodologies of art history. She received a PhD in Cultural Studies/Museum Studies from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) with emphases in Contemporary Art History, Exhibition Theory, Design Theory, and Visual Culture. Her doctoral dissertation, “Artist Emergence in Contemporary Culture: A Dialectic in Social and Material Conditions of Southern California Artists” received the CGU School of Arts and Humanities Dissertation Award presented by the Cultural Studies faculty. This led to a post-doctoral fellowship to produce, “In Their Own Words: Oral Histories of CGU Art,” a series of Claremont Graduate University Art alumni, professors, and professors emeritus.


  • PhD, Cultural Studies/Museum Studies (Contemporary Art History, Exhibition Theory, Design Theory, Visual Culture), Claremont Graduate University, 2011
  • MA, Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Bakersfield, 2004
  • BA, Fine Arts and Marketing, California State University, Bakersfield, 1978
  • AA, Studio Art, Bakersfield College, 1976


  • Community Colleges Lifetime Service Teaching Credential
  • Innovative Scholars Program Credential – Teaching Faculty, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Using UDL to Create Effective Educational Assessments, Santa Monica College
  • Brightspace LMS – Online Training (Learning Management System)
  • Blackboard integrating Pearson MyLab digital learning interface and Collaborate synchronous teaching platforms
  • Canvas LMS - Online Training - @One Creating Accessible Course Content in web design; and 10-10-10 Communication That Matters course design programming Canvas and integrating Cengage MindTap, Santa Monica College.
  • Blackboard LMS - Online Training integrating Collaborate and Ultra Collaborate
  • Certificates in Brightspace Fundamentals, Workplace Wellness and Physical Safety, Inclusive Leadership, and Harassment and Discrimination Prevention and Title IX Supervisors (CA), Records and Responsibilities, Data Securities, Awareness and Prevention; CIL Teaching and Learning Strategies; Magna Publications: Using DL to Create Effective Educational Assessments; and Innovation Scholar's Credential.

Academic Area

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of the Arts)
    • Department of Art


  • Art History
  • Arts Management
  • Global Visual Culture
  • Museum Studies

Courses Taught

  • ART 565 - Methodologies of Art History
  • ART 570 - Theories and Practices of Abstraction
  • ART 575 - Writing Art Criticism