Meida Teresa McNeal is part time faculty in Art & Art History. Courses taught include Performance Aesthetics, Community Engaged Arts & Social Practice, Gender, the Body, & Representation, and The Body. Areas of research and specialization include performance studies, dance, creative placemaking, and critical ethnography. She received her PhD in Performance Studies (Northwestern) and her MFA in Choreography & Dance History (Ohio State). Meida is Artistic/Managing Director of Honey Pot Performance. Awards include the 3Arts Award in Dance, Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist, and the Links’ Hall Co-Missions Fellowship. She is also Arts & Culture Manager with the Chicago Park District supporting community arts partnerships, youth arts, cultural stewardship, and civic engagement initiatives across the city’s parks and cultural centers.