I am an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. I teach in the LEEDS (Learning Environments and Educational Studies) doctoral program and in the online Master’s program in Instructional Technology. I study how we can support learners critically discussing teaching and learning as professionals of instructional design. This research necessitates innovative designs and research methods. Thus I am an instructional designer as well as a researcher of instructional design and online communication. I am active in two professional organizations: AECT (Association for Educational Communications and Technology) and AERA (American Educational Research Association).
Background: I grew up in the Western New York area between Niagara Falls and Buffalo. My interest in foreign language teaching started while I was an exchange student at Karl-Fransens Universitaet Graz, Austria, in the academic year 1990-1991. I taught Austrian high school students English using comics. I returned to finish college at SUNY College Buffalo and graduated with highest honors before moving to New York City to begin a Masters in TESOL at Teachers College Columbia University. After finishing an MA, I held four full-time lectureships. One year at Georgia Tech’s Language Institute in Atlanta, two years at the City University of New York (York College’s Foreign Language intensive program called CLIP), and six years in Japan– four at Kanda University of International Studies and two at Rikkyo University. While in Japan, my interest grew in using computers in the foreign language classroom after a number of years coordinating an email exchange program. Those experiences led to further study at Indiana University where I completed a PhD in 2012. My next adventure is in Tennessee, and I am excited to see what I will learn and how I will grow as a teacher and scholar.
Craig’s bio for publications: Craig D. Howard Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He earned a PhD from Indiana University Bloomington and a Masters from Teachers College, Columbia University. Craig studies how we support and develop critical discourse in learners via computer-mediated learning environments.
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