Chair Kendall Hartley 2023-2024
Kendall Hartley is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology in the Department of Teaching & Learning. Dr. Hartley specializes in the analysis of individual characteristics and the implications for learning with technology. He is particularly interested in the role of self-regulatory skills and the use of the smartphone for learning. He also has extensive experience in designing instructional and informational Internet websites. Dr. Hartley has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed educational research journals including the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, Journal of Educational Computing Research, and Educational Researcher. Prior to joining UNLV, Dr. Hartley taught high school science for five years in Nebraska public schools. He currently teaches graduate courses in instructional design, online learning, and multimedia programming.
Chair-Elect - Amy Mueller 2023-2024
Amy Mueller is an assistant professor of learning technologies at the University of Oklahoma in the Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum program. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on educational and instructional technologies to pre-service and practicing educators. She received her degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Amy Mueller has previously taught 4K for Head Start and worked as a K-5 Technology Teacher at a dual language immersion program in a diverse, public, urban title-1 school. Her research interests include culturally and linguistic responsive and sustaining education, Indigenous education, liberatory education, elementary education, games-based learning, maker education, STEM education, digital literacy, multiliteracies, design-based research, and codesign & community action research. In her free time she likes to play video games with her children.
Immediate Past Chair - Jon M. Clausen 2023-2024
Jon M. Clausen is an Associate Professor of educational technology and secondary education at Ball State University Teachers College. He has served as chair of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education’s (AACTE) Committee on Innovation and Technology, teaches educational technology courses, and is coordinator for the educational technology programs. Dr. Clausen’s areas of research have focused on technology integration and infusion within teacher education. This includes developing instructional contexts that support faculty, PK12 educators, and candidate technology use. He is also interested in how technology can be used to demonstrate and support student learning. In 2020, his co-authored publication titled, “TPACK leadership diagnostic tool: Adoption and implementation by teacher education leaders” received the Outstanding Research Award from the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education.
Program Chair - Yan Chen 2023-2025
Dr. Yan Chen is an assistant professor in Instructional Technology and Design in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She obtained her Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the learning sciences and engineering programs at the University of New Mexico. Her research interests focus on how people learn through social interaction when situated in hybrid, technology-based learning spaces. She is interested in how sociocultural and historical settings shape these interactions and how we can design new cultural practices to achieve equitable digital learning. She can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate Program Chair - Jing Lei 2023-2024
Dr. Lei is a Professor of Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation in the School of Education at Syracuse University. Her scholarship focuses on how information and communication technology can help prepare a new generation of citizens for a globalizing and digitizing world. Specifically, her research interests include technology integration into instruction, effective design of e-learning, social-cultural and psychological impact of technology, emerging technologies for education, and technology supported subject learning. Dr. Lei has published three books (co-authored) and more than 70 journal articles and book chapters, presented more than 100 articles at national and international conferences, and was invited as to give more than 30 special guest speeches. Her research has been published in influential journals such as The Teachers College Record.
Secretary / Treasurer - Jiahui Wang 2023-2025
Dr. Jiahui Wang is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Kent State University. Her research examines how people with individual differences learn STEM content in technology-supported environments and how learning environments can be designed to accommodate individual needs. Specifically, she is interested in examining the influence of individual differences in cognition (e.g., working memory capacity), pre-existing interest and knowledge, as well as learning disability (e.g., dyslexia). In addition to traditional outcome measures of learning, her research employs neurocognitive and psychophysiological tools such as electroencephalography (EEG) and eye-tracking to study the underlying attentional and cognitive processes that influence learning with technology. Her research has been published in a number of well-respected journals, such as Computers & Education, Computers in Human Behavior, Educational Technology Research and Development, and International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.
Graduate Student Faculty Advisor
Olha Ketsman is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment at Northern Illinois University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in instructional technology and research methodology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and she has extensive experience working with pre-service and in-service teachers in a variety of roles. Her research focuses on topics related to pre-service and
in-service teacher education, technology integration, and mixed methods research. She is a part of the Research in Teacher Education (RITE) Lab Team, where she collaborates and engages in research with school districts and mentors doctoral students. Olha serves as a project co-evaluator for the Grow Your Own (GYO) Teachers Grant funded by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Her research has been published in a number of journals and presented at multiple professional conferences and venues.
Social Media Coordinator
Jessica Weibler is a PhD student in Instructional Technology at Northern Illinois University and a middle level educator. Her research interests include adolescents’ digital reading practices and social media as a tool for teacher professional development.
Un Hyeok (David) Ko is a PhD student in the UNLV Interaction and Media Sciences program.
Graduate Student Representative
Akosua Birago Poku is a PhD student in the Instructional Technology program at Northern Illinois University. She holds a master’s degree in Information and Telecommunications Systems, a bachelor’s in French Studies and a diploma in basic education. As a student researcher, Akosua is actively involved in the Research in Teacher Education (RITE) lab, a collaborative research program at NIU focused on K-12 teacher education.