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Kathy Jackson

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Senior Research Associate and Instructional Consultant

301 Rider Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-2598

Area(s) of Expertise

        Promoting current understandings of what we know about learning to enhance pedagogy

        Guiding faculty in their instructional practice by assisting with course design and delivery

        Assisting faculty to study and assess teaching and learning 

        Providing support for online teaching and learning 

        Coaching for thoughtful integration of instructional technology


Biographical Information

Dr. Kathy Jackson began working in the area of faculty development when she was at Leeward Community College in Pearl City, Hawaii. Back in those days (the early 1980s) she supported faculty by developing instructional materials using such primitive devices as slide shows and videotapes. As the years have passed, she no longer develops the actual materials, but instead assists faculty as they design and implement their instruction. The one truism she has always found is to “focus on the learner” because when that takes precedent, good teaching follows.

In late 2010, Kathy came on board at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. Prior to that, she spent 10 years as the Director of the Faculty Innovation Center for the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. In that capacity, she promoted the School’s commitment to enriching teaching and learning by providing instructional design and development assistance, faculty support, instructional technology development and use, evaluation activities, and proposal/grant efforts. In addition, she has been teaching through the years, beginning at Leeward Community College, to the University of Hawaii and then onto the University of Texas as well as online through the University of Texas at Brownsville. Her courses include both undergraduate and graduate offerings in Communication, Education, First Year Studies, and Graduate Studies

Dr. Jackson holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Instructional Technology from The University of Texas at Austin. She received her M.Ed. in Educational Communications and Technology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a B.S. in Communication from The University of Texas at Austin.