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Dr. Marcus Childress

Professor and Department Chair


Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), 1995

M.M. Appalachian State University, 1988

B.M. Appalachian State University, 1983


Dr. Marcus D. Childress is professor and chair of the Instructional Design and Technology Department within The Teachers College at Emporia State University (Kansas), where he directs an online and face-to-face Master of Science degree program in Instructional Design and Technology. Dr. Childress teaches courses in instructional design, multimedia design, and online learning.

Having received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, Dr. Childress' research interests include online learning, using virtual worlds for training and education, heutagogy, and using technology integration as a catalyst for school reform. Dr. Childress has made over 200 conference presentations at the national/international level. His research has been documented in publications such as Distance Education, Journal of Research on Computers in Education, International Journal of Educational Telecommunications, Globalized e-Learning Cultural Challenges, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Academic Leadership Journal, and the Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Teaching, Technologies, and Applications. Dr. Childress' training experience includes working with the Intel Corporation, Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center, and the United States Joint Training Analysis and Simulation Center.

He is a former president of the Research and Theory Division of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). As current president of AECT, he serves on the executive committee and board of directors of AECT, and was the convention chair/planner for the 2012 AECT International Convention in Louisville, KY.


Goals for scholarly activity:

  • To explore new technologies and methodologies and their impact upon teaching, learning, and performance improvement.
  • To disseminate the proper integration of new technologies, methodologies and applications into teaching, learning, performance improvement, and evaluation.
  • To clarify misunderstandings about the field of instructional design and technology and the misapplication of technologies and educational beliefs.

Significant achievements:

President - Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)

Convention Chair and Planner - 2012 AECT International Convention, Louisville, KY

Board of Directors and Executive Committee - Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)

2007 Teachers College Award for Excellence in Scholarly Activity

Past-president – Research and Theory Division of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)

Senior Trainer - Intel Teach to the Future

Recent publications:

Foyle, H. C., & Childress, M.D. (2011). Pecha Kucha for better PowerPoint presentations. National Social Science Technology Journal, 1(1).

Spurgin, D.G. & Childress, M.D. (2009). Effects of university and departmental
community on online learners. EDUCAUSE Quarterly, 32(4).

Luo, M. & Childress, M.D. (2009). Data-driven decision making: The development and validation of an
instrument to measure principals’ practices. Academic Leadership Journal, 7(1).

Holland, J. & Childress, M. D. (2008). Creating podcast e-broadcasts for teaching and learning. National
Social Science Journal, 31
(1), 48-52.

Eberle, J.H., Park, H., & Childress, M.D. (2008). Comics, culture, and chaos. National Social
Science Journal, 30
(2), 35-38.

Foyle, H. C., & Childress, M. D. (2008). Podcasting for professors. National Social Science Journal, 30(1),


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