Kathy Jackson is a Faculty Programs Researcher with Penn State’s Teaching and Learning with Technology Unit. In this position, she collaborates with faculty on the scholarship of teaching and learning which involves funded and non-funded research efforts. These efforts support the enhanced use of instructional technologies across the curriculum at Penn State University.

Additionally, Kathy is an Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Higher Education where she teaches a course on college teaching. She teaches both an online and a traditional version of this class. 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 through the years at various institutions have included both undergraduate and graduate offerings in communication, higher education, instructional technology, education, first year studies, and graduate studies.

Before joining the Teaching and Learning with Technology Unit, she was a Senior Research Associate at Penn State’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. While there, Kathy promoted 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.

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. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Instructional Technology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992. Her other degrees include a M.Ed. in Educational Communications and Technology from the University of Hawaii and a B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin.

In 2014 she was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Board of Standards in Performance, Training and Instruction (IBSTPI).

Selected Refereed Articles and Chapters

  • Keiler, K., Jackson, K., Rowan, J., Jaworski, L., Lopatto, D., & Ades, S. (2017). Teaching broader impacts of science with undergraduate research, PLOS Biology, http:dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2001318
  • Jackson, K., Brua, C., Ramsay, C., Hood, L., Weinstein, S., & Scruggs, R. (2016). An examination of teaching award support letters: What they reveal about how students and faculty perceive teaching excellence, Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, 27(3), 3-33.
  • Tews, M., Jackson, K., Ramsay, C., & Michel, J. (2015). Fun in the college classroom: Examining its nature and relationship to student engagement, College Teaching, 63(1), 61-68.
  • 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.

ibstpi® Responsibilities

Instructor Competency Development Team

Contact Information

Kathy Jackson, PhD Faculty Programs Researcher Teaching and Learning with Technology 3A Shields Building The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 16802 Email: klj11@psu.edu Phone: 1-814-867-4162