Professor Root uses her exposure to Art History in depth in the Art degree and learned research and writing with the History degree to provide her with a solid foundation to use in the preparation of teaching architectural history courses. Accomplished drawing and painting skills are used in the Drawing and Graphics Studio. A teaching certification degree (MAT) provided educational tools and methods to be a better teacher and the MFA matured artistic skills and abilities and added graduate level history courses to provide a well-rounded educational experience.
Extensive travel and personal research of over 35 years in the US, Europe and the Near East, has added to Professor Root’s knowledge of art and architectural history. She has been involved in faculty research projects through Andrews University since 1985, focusing on drawing and painting abilities with art exhibitions in New York, Chicago and regional art centers; archaeological digs in the Near East resulting in publications and exhibitions; popular book illustrations for publication; and other types of creative exhibitions and publications.