Millikin University - Decatur, IL
JME Professorship in Education

Past Professorship
Dr. Paula Stickles

Dr. Neal Smith

Dr. Dan Miller

Dr. Nancy Gaylen

Dr. Jodi Kupper

Dr.Darlene Hoffman

Dr. Jerald Hunt

Dr. Georgette Page - 2012-2014
JME Professorship in Education
Dr. Georgette Page is a tenured, full-time faculty member in the School of Education. She has been teaching for Millikin University for six years. She was awarded the 2012-2014 James Millikin Estate Professorship in Education. This award is in recognition of her scholarly contribution and service to the profession. For the past two years in this Professorship, Dr. Page has been collecting data throughout the country in order to provide insight into the visual-spatial aspects of early childhood learning environments. One of her main research questions is: How do the aesthetics of the physical classroom environment affect the learning experiences of young children? She also has explored the process in which teachers make decisions about the physical space and how this impacts young children’s learning experiences.



Rooted in her scholarly work on visual media and cognitive development, Dr. Page’s research for this Professorship borrows from the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which proposes that there are three teachers - the child, the adult/teacher, and the physical environment. This philosophy, originating in the northern region of Italy, emerged from World War II in reaction to the prevalent European/Asian dictatorships at that time and the need to promulgate democracy and equality. Thus, the cultural aesthetics and physical aspects of the learning environment contain characteristics that provide opportunities for children to be equal and valued contributors to their learning experience. Walking into a Reggio-inspired environment, you might initially see earth tones reminiscent of nature and blank walls, which are designated to be filled with the children’s work, displayed in an intentional and purposeful way. The environment is ever-changing, based on what the children are wondering and what they are discovering and learning. From the data in this on-going study, Dr. Page has found important differences between the more traditional approaches, compared to those that are Reggio-inspired. 


Dr. Page has presented her findings at different conferences throughout the United States such as VisComm27 (Steamboat Springs, CO) and the New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children (Albuquerque, NM). To culminate her two-year long research, Dr. Page will complete a formal analysis of the data and publish her findings, which will ultimately provide new information about the importance of physical space (“The Third Teacher”) in early childhood education.

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL