Kathy Jackson is a Senior Research Associate at Penn State’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. In this position, she promotes Penn State’s commitment to enriching teaching and learning by working in all aspects of education including faculty development, instructional design, online instruction, engineering education, learner support, and evaluation.

Additionally, Kathy is an Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Higher Education where she teaches a course on college teaching. Currently she is in the process of designing an online version of that course. As a member of Penn State’s graduate faculty, she serves on student thesis and dissertation committees. She has been teaching since her days in the early 1980’s at Leeward Community College and her courses include both undergraduate and graduate offerings in Communication, Higher Education, Instructional Technology, Education, First Year Studies, and Graduate Studies.

Prior to coming to Penn State, Kathy was the Director of the Faculty Innovation Center for the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin from 1999 to 2010. In this capacity, she directed the Center’s activities, provided faculty development, and worked on numerous funded projects.

Kathy received her Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Instructional Technology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992. She received her other degrees in Educational Communications and Technology: M.Ed. from the University of Hawaii and a B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Selected Refereed Articles and Chapters

  • Tews, M., Jackson, K., Ramsay, C., & Michel, J. (In press). Fun in the college classroom: Examining its nature and relationship to student engagement, College Teaching.
  • Nguyen, T., Mondragon, F., O’Brien, W., Jackson, K., Issa, R., and Rojas, E. (2012). Student background and implications for design of technology enhanced instruction. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 26(5), 562–573.
  • Balhoff, M. and Jackson, K. (2010). Beyond reluctance: Prompting learning through an unconventional approach to office hours. Journal of Applications and Practices in Engineering Education, v1, n2, http://japee.net/
  • Markey, M.K., Holmes, A., Edgar, T.J. and Jackson, K. (2007). Student driven learning in lecture lab environments: The role of mobile computing. International Journal of Engineering Education, 23(3), 483-490.
  • Jackson, K. and Olcott, D. (2000). Integrated technology systems design: A model for aligning pedagogical quality with educational technology. In D. E. Hanna (Ed.), Higher Education in an Era of Digital Competition: Choices and Challenges. Madison, WI: Atwood Publications, 287-309.
  • Jackson, K., Sullivan, M., and Hardy, D. (1997). Teaching migrant students algebra by audioconferencing. Readings in Distance Education, Number 5. Also in The American Journal of Distant Education 8(3), 51-63.

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Contact Information

Kathy Jackson
Senior Research Associate
The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
The Pennsylvania State University
Email: klj11@psu.edu
Phone: 1-814-863-2598