Areas of Expertise

  • elementary stem education and robotics
  • work ethic
  • workforce education

Interests

  • stem education and robotics
  • affective attributes that contribute to work success
  • career and technical education for the 21st century

Academic Affiliations

Education

  •  PhD in Technological & Adult Education
    University of Tennessee
  •  MEd in Curriculum & Instruction
    Northern Illinois University
  •  BS in Technology Teacher Education
    NC State University

Contact

 Aderhold Hall, 104C
 706-542-4100 (office)

Research Summary

Program of research focuses on elementary engineering, technology education, and work ethic. Research related to use of robotics and other technologies for elementary STEM instruction supports my assigned course load. My work ethic research informs the affective instruction that is also critical to those classes. The implementation of new technologies, particularly information technologies, has produced a high-discretion workplace in which workers must make good decisions regarding use of time and resources. To be appropriately prepared for this work environment, students must develop technical skills and knowledge, but work ethic and affective work attributes are equally important for success.

Awards and Accolades

William E. Dugger Exemplary Collaboration Award in Technology and Engineering Education

International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, 2021

Special Recognition Award

International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, 2019

International Travel Award

Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education, 2013

Wilkinson Meritorious Service Award

International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, 2009

Technology Teacher Educator of the Year

Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education, 2009