JESSICA CHITTUM, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education at East Carolina University. She serves as a Senior Scholar for AAC&U working with the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, and is Associate Editor of the International Journal of ePortfolio (an AAC&U publication). Her research interests involve ePortfolio, academic motivation (particularly in STEM fields, rural contexts, and teacher education), and higher education pedagogy. Jessica leads a team in developing and managing an open-access ePortfolio research archive (eportfolio.aacu.org, formerly eportfolio.uga.edu), which serves as a collaborative tool for ePortfolio researchers and practitioners. Before ECU, she completed a PhD 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 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, sons, and their weimaraners.
LAUREN BRYANT, PhD, is an Assistant Director of Assessment and Evaluation in the Office of Academic Decision Support at Virginia Tech. She received her PhD in Educational Psychology from Virginia Tech, where she also received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. Lauren lives in Blacksburg with her husband and her dog. She enjoys walking, cooking, microbrews, and Golden Girls reruns.
CARRIE BISHOP is a Senior Instructional Technologist at Digication. Carrie is a Triple Dawg, with three degrees from the University of Georgia: an EdS in Learning, Design and Technology, an MEd in Instructional Design and Development, and a BA 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.
BARBARA McCUEN JONES, Website and Digital Content Director at AAC&U.
The ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (AAC&U) is kindly supporting our ongoing work on this website, providing an excellent home for this project. In particular, we are collaborating with:
TERREL RHODES, PhD, Vice President for Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, and Executive Director of VALUE at AAC&U.