Curriculum Vitae

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Experience

Assistant Professor, The University of Tennessee Knoxville, July 2015 – present (6 years)

Responsible for driving program innovation at the Masters and PhD levels, educational research, and 2+2 teaching load.

  • Published approximately 30 peer-reviewed research papers and one book
  • Interviewed and hired 4 new faculty members
  • Designed and established a new PhD program in Learning, Design and Technology
  • Designed four new courses
  • Grew the MS in Instructional Technology Program, with 100% placement rate for graduates since 2016
  • Coached 3 teams of UTK instructional designers to AECT design competition finals (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Organized AECT program endorsement and University Partnership Agreements 2016-2026

Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University Texarkana, July 2013 – Jun 2015 (2 years)

Revised the Masters in Instructional Technology Program. 4+4 teaching load.

  • Designed and delivered six new courses for the MS in IT program, all blended learning
  • Published approximately six peer-reviewed research papers and several book chapters

Editor, The International Journal of Designs for Learning, September 2010 – June 2013 (3 years)

Led the organization, founding, and launch of a new academic journal in Instructional Design.

  • Drafted and designed the journal website and solicited advisory board members
  • Crafted peer-review policies for design studies, including the processes of peer-reviewed multimedia
  • Reviewed 100+ original manuscripts of learning interventions and brought 23 peer-reviewed design studies to publication

Senior Lecturer, Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan, March 2004 – June 2006 (2 years)

  • 4+4 teaching load. Taught courses in English language writing for academic purposes
  • Delivered four courses in Japanese and four in English annually

Assistant Professor, Kanda University of International Studies in Tokyo, Japan, April 2000 – March 2004 (4 years) 4+4 teaching load, published 3 articles and delivered 40+ international conference presentations

  • Implemented CALL initiatives in multiple languages, MOODLE administrator, webmaster
  • Designed three new courses, including Legal Concepts and the Internet

Lecturer, The City University of New York, September 1998 – March 2000 (2 years)

  • Designed a fully integrated content-based language immersion experience for new New Yorkers
  • Multiple seed grants for new innovations: City of New York curriculum development grant, website development grant, test development grant

English Language Instructor, Georgia Tech Language Institute, Atlanta, GA, September 1997 – August 1998 (1 year)

  • Taught grammar-based EFL in a University Language Intensive Program

Teacher, Public School #133, New York City Board of Education, NYC, NY, September 1996 – June 1997 (1 year)

Teacher, Gateway-Longview Residential School, Buffalo, NY, September 1995 – June 1996 (1 year)


Administrative Appointments

  • Program Coordinator, MS in Instructional Technology, The University of Tennessee Knoxville (2018– present)
  • Program Coordinator, PhD in Learning Design and Technology, The University of Tennessee Knoxville (2018– present)
  • Program Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning, The University of Tennessee Knoxville (2018– present)
  • Research Coordinator, the Instructional Design Research Group, Indiana University Bloomington (2007-2012)
  • Research Coordinator, the Internet Research Project, Kanda University of International Studies (2001-2004)
  • Assessment Coordinator, the CUNY System-wide Language Immersion Test, 9 Campuses

Education

  • PhD in Instructional Systems Technology (2006 – 2012) Indiana University Bloomington, Dissertation: Higher order thinking in collaborative video annotations: Investigating discourse modeling and the staggering of participation
  • MA in Language Teaching (1996 – 1998) Columbia University Teachers College
  • BA in English, Philosophy and Modern Foreign Languages (German and Spanish)  (1990 – 1994) The State University of NY College at Buffalo, Valedictorian magna cum laude

Instructional Design Contract Work

  • Microsoft, Instructional Designer 2007
  • Cambridge University Press, Instructional Materials Designer 2002 – 2006

Grants and Awards

  • Fruved to Farm: Students Creating, Implementing and Evaluating a Food Systems Program. USDA – AFRI 22 Jul 2020 – 31 Dec 2025. Secondary Investigator with Sarah Colby and others (USDA, $410,402)
  • AECT Outstanding Research Paper Award Nomination 2020                   
  • AECT Best Practices Award for the IT Online MS in Education Program Design 2017
  • Texas A&M University-Texarkana Scholar of the Year, runner up 2014                                                  
  • Award for Scholarly Achievement at Texas A&M University-Texarkana 2014
  • AECT Travel Grant to present IJDL at AERA, editors’ invitation 2013
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Symposium Award 2012
  • Audio-Visual Education Dissertation Award 2011
  • Indiana University Graduate Student Distinguished Service Award Nomination 2010
  • Larson Award for student-led scholarly research from Indiana University Bloomington 2009
  • Research Institute of Language Studies and Language Education $50,000 for the Internet Research Project and Keyplals’ Cross Cultural Asynchronous Exchange Programs 2004
  • Merit Scholarship, Teachers College Columbia University 1997
  • Earnest Falbo Award for Excellence in Foreign Languages 1994

Licenses and Qualifications

  • Research with Human Subjects Internal Review Board (IRB) Certification 2006 – present
  • 日本語(日本語能力試験2級) Japanese Proficiency Exam, lower advanced 2004     
  • K-12 NY State Teaching License (ESL) 1998
  • NY State Special Education Crisis Management License 1994
  • Spanish Competency Exam, United States Customs Service. Minor in Spanish (SUNY) 1994
  • German as a Foreign Language Exam (“Goethe” Test) Universität Graz, Austria 1991

Professional Activities

I have designed 17 new three-credit courses for schools and universities that bring knowledge from the world into intentional learning, and have redesigned over twice that number to update content and instructional strategies into computer-mediated settings. I am active in research and public speaking within my academic field. I review articles for various journals: Tech Trends; Instructional Science; CoDesign: The Journal of CoCreations in Design and the Arts. As a founding editor of The International Journal of Designs for Learning, I coach new reviewers and speak for the journal at conferences. I am also regularly invited to write book chapters and be a featured speaker at events – lists of the 40+ published items and 60+ presentations appear on the other tabs.