JESSICA CHITTUM, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at East Carolina University. Her research interests involve educational technology, academic motivation (particularly in STEM fields), learning processes, and higher education pedagogy. She currently leads a team in developing and managing an open-access ePortfolio research archive (eportfolio.uga.edu), which serves as an interactive and collaborative tool for ePortfolio researchers and practitioners. Before coming to East Carolina University, she completed her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology at Virginia Tech, and a BS in Elementary Education (with an ESOL endorsement) and a MA in Exceptional Student Education from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Jessica previously taught in the Florida public school system for 4.5 years as both a special education teacher in a self-contained classroom and a general educational teacher in an inclusive classroom.
JACQUELYN McCARTHY WOODYARD earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction: Instructional Design and Technology at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include instructional design, language instruction, autonomous learning, and cultural preferences in relation to choice in the classroom and beliefs regarding education. Her current dissertation research is titled “Autonomy Supportive Instruction as it relates to Students’ Motivational Beliefs on an ePortfolio Project: The Moderating Role of Culturally Based Learning Preferences.” Jackie also holds a BS in Human Development-Early Childhood Education, a BA in Spanish, and a MAEd in Curriculum and Instruction with endorsements in preK-12 Spanish and ESOL education. Before returning to Virginia Tech to pursue a doctoral degree, Jackie taught middle and high-school Spanish and ESOL in Virginia public schools for 5 years. Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband, their weimaraners, and with family and friends.
LAUREN BRYANT, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow with The SMART Collaborative and a Research Scholar at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State. As a SMART Collaborative team member, she works to conceptualize and design motivation research and assists with data collection, analysis, and publication of findings in a manner that facilitates growth for all team members. She also facilitates partnerships with local educators and like-minded researchers. In her role at the Friday Institute, she currently serves as a project lead on the evaluation for North Carolina’s Race to the Top Grant. Her background is in achievement motivation, individual differences, and educational research methodologies. Before coming to NC State, she received her PhD in Educational Psychology from Virginia Tech, where she also received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. Lauren enjoys yoga, walking her dogs, and cooking good food.
CARRIE BISHOP is the Coordinator of Emerging Learning Technologies at the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the University of Georgia, where she works with faculty and instructional technologists across campus to ensure that established instructional technology initiatives flourish. She also leads workshops showcasing established and emerging learning technologies. Carrie earned her master’s degree in Instructional Design and Development in 2008, and has been working in the field of instructional technology ever since. Prior to her current role at the CTL, Carrie worked at UGA’s Office of Online Learning as an instructional designer, and at the CTL as a multimedia project manager. Carrie’s interests include instructional design and development, web design and development, and learning and content management systems. She enjoys exploring new technologies for improving teaching and learning. Currently, Carrie is also pursuing her PhD in Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Georgia. In addition to these professional pursuits, Carrie loves knitting, sewing and quilting, and spending time with her husband, son, and dog.
KRISTEN FLOWERS is a graduate student in the Masters of Sociology program at East Carolina University. She is a recent graduate of ECU with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. During her undergraduate studies, she was a research assistant at ECU studying the learning abilities of children with ADHD. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys the beach, volunteering at a local counseling center, and playing volleyball.