Don Paoletta announced his retirement from Nebraska Wesleyan University in August. The Board of Governors voted in October to confer upon him the title of professor emeritus of art history.
Paoletta taught in the Art Department for 18 years and served as chair in three separate stints for 12 of those years. In addition to teaching art history courses, Paoletta directed Elder Gallery, headed program and curriculum development and managed the department’s slide library through its transition to a digital format.
Paoletta holds a Ph.D. in art history with an emphasis in the Italian Renaissance from the University of Iowa. Prior to coming to Nebraska Wesleyan, Paoletta taught and chaired the art department at the University of Texas at Tyler. He also taught art history at the University of Southern Maine, Indiana State and the University of Iowa.
At NWU, he led many short-term study trips to Italy and elsewhere. His recent interests have pointed toward Asian history and the art and culture of Thailand in particular.