Artist. Researcher.
Teacher. Scholar.

Incorporating skills integral to her artistic background, Dr. Upshaw is available as a creative facilitator and collaborator for IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and access) and strategic planning. For the past twenty years, she has worked with school systems throughout the US Southeast designing and implementing arts integration curricula for students and professional development workshops for educators. She is also an international conference speaker and workshop facilitator. Dr. Allison Upshaw is the inaugural director of Stillman College’s Teaching and Learning Center for Faculty Development where she is also an Assistant Professor of Music.


“I've learned that your voice matters and people have to speak out in order to be heard.”

Dr. Upshaw is committed to building up the arts in rural communities like the one she grew up in and that commitment is demonstrated by her work with the Black Belt Community Foundation. Allison holds two degrees in voice performance from Oberlin Conservatory and Louisiana State University. She received her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Alabama (2017). Allison maintains an active life as a professional artist through her Artivism and work as a recitalist, actress, and playwright.