Asst./Assoc. Professor of Instructional Technology Opening at NIU



The Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment (ETRA) at Northern Illinois University is seeking qualified applicants for one anticipated (tenure track) faculty position as an Associate or Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology with a primary area of expertise in interaction design and data analytics. Applicants should demonstrate a proven record of excellence in research through peer-reviewed scholarly publications, ability to improve teaching and practice in information/interaction design, data analytics, and performance technology, and collegiality and experience working with diverse groups. Candidates are expected to take a leadership role in academic research, teaching, and curriculum development. Responsibilities will primarily include conducting and publishing academic research, teaching three courses per semester, assisting in the service mission of the Department/College, and providing leadership and support for our new Bachelor of Science in Applied Management – Instructional Technology, Training, and Evaluation.

One of six units in the College of Education, the ETRA department’s mission is to advance the development and use of technology, research methodology, and assessment in a variety of settings to enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship. Degrees offered in the department include a M.S. in Educational Research and Evaluation, a M.S.Ed. in Instructional Technology, endorsement and certification (initial and advanced) in the areas of Technology and Library Information Specialist, a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and a bachelor completion program, Bachelor of Science in Applied Management – Instructional Technology, Training, and Evaluation.


The qualified candidate will have a terminal degree (Ph.D., Ed.D.) in Instructional Technology, Informatics, or a closely related field; experience in developing and teaching courses in information architecture, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), interaction design, usability evaluation, and data analytics; experience developing and delivering online learning in educational/training settings; an active research agenda in instructional/information technology; and a demonstrated ability to work well with diverse constituencies both internal and external to the university.


Highly desired: We are especially interested in candidates who have one or more of the following: experience as an interaction designer or performance technologist in diverse settings; experience in securing external funds; experience consulting in business/industry; skill and knowledge in developing and authoring applications for distributed learning; and project management experience.


Interested individuals should send a letter of application; current vita; names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five or more professional references; copy of transcript(s) showing highest degree earned; and a statement of research and teaching interests. Applications should be submitted on paper or as email attachment to:

Ms. Angela Camp
Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
208 Gabel Hall
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

The desired contract starting date is August 16, 2017. Review of applications will begin on December 12 2016; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Designing Personalized Online Teaching Professional Development Through Self-Assessment – POD 2016 Poster

2016 POD Innovation Award Poster

My colleagues and I were honored to have been selected as finalists for the 2016 POD Innovation Award in recognition for implementing creative ideas for educational development and shared this poster at the 2016 POD Network Conference.

Faculty Volunteers Wanted for a Research Study on Online Course Design

volunteers wanted for a research study

Are you a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has designed online courses? Boise State University is conducting a research study about online course design and looking for your input! The study aims to understand how faculty design online courses. The researchers’ hope is to provide information that helps instructors in designing online courses. To participate in the study you will be asked to describe your experience with creating online courses in a thirty minute interview. Tenured or tenure-track faculty members at four-year colleges or universities who have designed online courses may participate.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Sally Baldwin at Sally is a doctoral candidate who is conducting this research under the direction of Dr. Yu-Hui Ching, Educational Technology Department.

Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers of 2016

Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers of 2016

I was honored to learn that I have been named one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers of 2016 by the Center for Digital Education (CDE). Each year, CDE recognizes K-20 education leaders who have transformed learning through the innovative use of technology in its annual Top 30 awards program and publication. Recognizing the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across America, CDE aims to honor pioneers in education technology and showcase the accomplishments and best practices of award winners. Nominations are judged on:

  • Efforts to improve education with digital tools
  • Impact of those efforts on student achievement; the institution; and the local, state and national scene
  • Creativity and initiative to make change
  • Display of leadership qualities

More details and a the complete listing of award winners are available at

#BbWorld16 The Blackboard Portfolio tool: Features, uses, and campus-wide implementation process

Bb Portfolio Tool

Thu, 7/14/16, 9:35AM-10:25AM
Titian 2205
Presenters: Jason Rhode (@jasonrhode) & Stephanie Richter (@slrichter)

The new Blackboard Portfolio tool released with Blackboard learn in April 2014 is much-improved and provides an easy-to-use platform for students to demonstrate and reflect upon what they have learned throughout their university career. Northern Illinois University (NIU) implemented the portfolios campus-wide during 2015, and it was used by thousands of students in a relatively short time. This presentation at BbWorld16 will provide an overview of the portfolio tool, strategies for developing portfolios that serve different purposes, and best practices for institutional adoption. Sample portfolios and exemplars from faculty who are using Blackboard portfolios in their classes will be shared, along with NIU’s campus-wide implementation process. Opportunities and challenges will be discussed to provide insights for others planning to roll-out portfolios at their institutions. Accompanying slides are available here and links included in slides shared below.

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