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ESU Assistant Professor Selected as Emerging Leader

BLOOMINGTON, Ind (PDK News Release) - Jozenia Colorado, assistant professor of instructional design and technology in the Teachers College at Emporia State University, has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by PDK International, a global association of education professionals. She grew up in Virginia Beach, Va., where she also worked as a computer resource teacher in the Virginia Beach City Public School System.

The PDK Emerging Leader program recognizes top educators under age 40 from around the world for their leadership. A committee made up of PDK’s past Emerging Leaders selected the 20 honorees from a competitive field of applicants, based on their outstanding professional accomplishments.

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In addition to being honored at the 2011 PDK International Conference on Innovations in Teaching and Learning, honorees also have the opportunity to be published by PDK, apply for grants, and participate in PDK initiatives.

“Honoring these young leaders is one of PDK’s most important initiatives,” said William J. Bushaw, PDK International’s executive director. “We know the future of education is in good hands with leaders like these making a difference in the lives of our students.” Colorado has worked in the area of instructional design and technology at various levels of education, including K-12 and higher education. Currently, she teaches online courses for the instructional design and technology master's degree program, as well as traditional on-campus undergraduate classes. Her research interests include the role of learner characteristics in the learning environment, self-regulated learning, social community in the classroom, technology management, issues in distance education, and integrating technology into the K-12 environment. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences.

“Within all levels, I worked with faculty to integrate technology into the learning environment,” she said.

She is a member of the PDK Flint Hills chapter, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Association for Educational Communications and Technology, and Pi Lambda Theta. She has received several awards, including the 2010 Innovation in Teaching Award from Colleague 2 Colleague (C2C) and the Educause Jane N. Ryland Fellowship Award.

“It is no surprise to us at ESU that Dr. Colorado is among this group of outstanding education leaders,” said Mirah Dow, PDK Flint Hills chapter president. “ Since the first day she arrived at ESU, Dr. Colorado has been involved in excellent educational practices and ensuring that all students have equal access to high-quality education.”

For more information on PDK’s 2010-2011 Class of Emerging Leaders, go to Information about PDK International is at

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