I mentor and support students in working towards their desired academic outcomes. Students who earn a Ph.D. must complete a rigorous set of coursework, pass a qualifying written and oral exam, prepare a doctoral proposal that outlines their proposed research, do the research, and then write their dissertation thesis and orally defend the research publicly. I support these students along this 4+ year path. Below are the doctoral students I have supervised to completion of their Ph.D. 

Chair/Supervisor of Ph.D. Research Dissertations

Renata Geurtz, Learning Technologies, 2015 (chair). The University of Texas at Austin. Dissertation Title:  Systematic digital inequities: Evidence from the Star Chart. Current Position: High School Teacher, Career and Technical Education, North High School, Phoenix, AZ.

Tom Benton, Learning Technologies, 2015 (chair). The University of Texas at Austin. Dissertation Title: Musical expertise as a scaffold for novice programming. Current Position: Learning Technologist, School of Visual Arts (SVA NYC).

Antonio Maneira, Digital Media, 2014 (co-chair with Carlos Correia and Joao Correia de Freitas). Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. Dissertation Title: Learning activities with semantic hypermedia in higher education. Current Position: Professor, Digital Multimedia and Graphic Design, Universidade Lusiada de Lisboa.

Jason Rosenblum, Learning Technologies, 2014 (chair). The University of Texas at Austin. Dissertation Title: What is it like to experience sound while playing educational games? An interpretive phenomenological investigation. Current Position: Assistant Professor of Visual Studies, School of Humanities and The Bill Munday School of Business, St. Edwards University.

Michelle Fulks Read, Learning Technologies, 2014 (chair) (with co-chair Dr. Marilla Svinicki). The University of Texas at Austin. Dissertation Title: Faculty change for disciplinary literacies instruction: Effects of cognitive modeling as an instructional strategy in online professional development. Current Position: Instructional Designer, Texas State University.

Gloria Gonzales Dholakia, Learning Technologies, 2013 (chair). The University of Texas at Austin. Dissertation Title: Preparing 21st century teachers: The relationship of technology integration, digital equity, and the preparation of new teachers. Current Position: Executive Director, Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation.

Rachel Barrera, Learning Technologies, 2013 (chair). The University of Texas at Austin. Dissertation Title: Extending the online distance course: Online student activity beyond the online classroom. Current Position: Instructional Design Specialist, Austin Community College.

Helena Yoon, Learning Technologies, 2013 (chair). The University of Texas at Austin. Dissertation Title: Examining the technological development of preservice and novice teachers: Cross-sectional case studies of teachers in a one-to-one laptop-infused teacher preparation program. Current Position: Stay-at-home mother.

Chung-Kai Marty Huang, Learning Technologies, 2012 (chair). The University of Texas at Austin. Dissertation Title: Learner satisfaction with blog- and wiki-supported writing in an EFL course in Taiwan. Current Position: Assistant Professor, National Taipei University of Business.

Sara Jolly Jones, Educational Psychology, 2012 (co-chair with Dr. Marilla Svinicki). The University of Texas at Austin. Dissertation Title: Teachers’ experiences in a technology-infused lesson study professional development. Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychological Health and Learning Sciences, College of Education, University of Houston.

Ravi Narayan, Instructional Technologies, 2011 (chair). The University of Texas at Austin. Dissertation Title: Technology outreach programs: Their impact on middle-school students and their families from underserved communities. Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor, Program Director MS Business Analytics and Information Systems, University of Texas Dallas.

Cassandra Scharber, Learning Technologies and Technology & Language and Literacy, 2009 (co-chair with Dr. David O’Brien). University of Minnesota. Dissertation Title: Online book clubs for the net generation. Current Position: Associate Professor, LT Media Lab, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

John Boatright, Instructional Systems and Technology, 2008 (co-chair with Dr. Simon Hooper). University of Minnesota. Dissertation Title: The influence of instructional tactic selection and moderation style on participant interaction and exchange in asynchronous threaded online discussion. Current Position: Associate Professor and Program Director, Respiratory Care, Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, St. Catherine University.

Shantia Kerr, Learning Technologies, 2007 (chair). University of Minnesota. Dissertation Title: High school online: An exploration of teaching and learning in online social studies classrooms. Current Position: Associate Professor of Educational Technology, College of Education, University of Central Missouri

David Ernst, Instructional Systems and Technology, 2007 (chair). University of Minnesota. Dissertation Title: Student evaluations of teaching and student motivation. Current Position: Chief Information Officer, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Barry Brahier, Instructional Systems and Technology, 2006 (chair). University of Minnesota. Dissertation Title: Examining a model of teachers’ technology adoption decision making: An application of diffusion of innovations theory. Current Position: Product Manager, Infinite Campus.

Aaron Doering, Instructional Systems and Technology, 2002 (co-chair with Dr. Simon Hooper). University of Minnesota. Dissertation Title: GIS in education: An examination of pedagogy. Current Position: Professor, LT Media Lab, Bonnie Westby Huebner Endowed Chair in Education and Technology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.