JESSICA CHITTUM, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at East Carolina University. Her research interests involve educational technology, person-centered research design (e.g., cluster analysis), 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.aacu.org, formerly 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 dissertation research was 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 a Senior Instructional Technologist at Digication. Carrie is a Triple Dawg, with three degrees from the University of Georgia: an Ed.S in Learning, Design and Technology, an M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Development, and a B.A. in English. She has been working in educational technology for almost 10 years. Prior to her current role at Digication, Carrie worked at the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) as their Coordinator of Learning Technologies. She enjoys exploring new technologies for improving teaching and learning.