Marcus Childress named president of AECT

January 15, 2013

Emporia State University faculty member Dr. Marcus Childress, professor and chair of the Department of Instructional Design & Technology, has been chosen as president of the international Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Childress, who previously served as president-elect, succeeds Ana Donaldson.

Newly elected officers and board members were installed at the annual AECT International Convention, held recently in Louisville, Ky. The four-day conference on the theme, “Learning in the Age of Globalization,” drew several hundred participants principally from the North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The 2013 conference is slated for Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 in Anaheim, Calif.

AECT is an international nonprofit professional association of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology. AECT members are found in colleges and universities; in the Armed Forces and industry; in museums, libraries, and hospitals; and in the many places where educational change is under way. The association is a major worldwide organization for individuals actively involved in designing instruction.

The organization is governed by a nineteen-member board composed of the president, the president-elect, the immediate past president, the executive secretary, the presidents of the Association’s 10 divisions, two at-large members, an affiliates representative, the ethics committee chair and a representative of the Educational Communications and Technology Foundation.

Emporia State University’s Instructional Design and Technology program is an online-based master’s degree program. For more information, see the department’s website at



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