Doctorate in Educational Technology Alumni
The D.E.T. at CMU prepares you for a myriad of jobs that are currently in demand in K-12 schools, virtual schools, community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities as well as corporate, industrial, and military settings.
For some, the D.E.T. will do more than prepare you for a promotion or a new job. It may change the way you think. Once you have been exposed to the foundational research in educational technology and technology-based training, and the analytical methods to evaluate them rigorously, you may find that you see your career in a different light. You may decide that you want to devote your career to exploring some of the more emergent practices in this field. You may also decide that you want to take your new analytical mindset and apply it to a job rather far afield from your current understanding.
See what the D.E.T. has done for some of our alumni
Dr. Katie Baleja
Hometown: Saginaw, MI
Dr. Ashley McBride
Prior to DET program: I was a Educational Technology Coach at a high school in North Carolina. While I was completing my coursework, I was able to move to a District Technology Director Position.
After DET program: I am Digital Learning Initiative Section Chief for the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Dr. Ellen Strzalkowski
Hometown: New York City:New York
During Dissertation: Learning Design Strategist at LearningMate
The tools, strategies, and guidance provided throughout the DET program helped me realize that my professional passion lies in shaping empathetic, personalized, flexible online teaching and learning. This led me to a new career in education beyond the classroom where I now help shape equitable and inclusive SEL-focused digital learning for a wide variety of schools and organizations throughout the U.S.
Dr. Jeremy Bond
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, MI
Hometown: Minot, ND
Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA
Hometown: Huntersville, North Carolina
Dr. Tammi Kolski
Hometown: Newago, MI
Prior to DET program: Online adjunct instructor, teaching undergraduate courses at two institutions.
After DET program: I instruct online learners at four masters and/or doctoral Learning Design and Technology university programs as a clinical instructor, teaching associate, or fixed-term lecturer; in addition to still teaching undergraduate students at one university as an adjunct faculty member.
Dr. Michelle Claypool
Hometown: Gladwin, MI
Prior to DET program: Ohio State University Medical Simulation Specialist
After DET program: Simulation Operations Specialist at the Nursing Simulation Center, Saginaw Valley State University
- Was named to the distinguished Fulbright Specialist Roster
- Over the last five years, only 34 individuals have been recipients of the Fulbright Specialist Grant from Michigan.
- This program allows me to travel for a two-to-six-week time period. Since I have my Doctorate in Educational Technology, I am looking for a project that deals with technology in remote areas, like Africa or Asia.
- Named a Simulation Research Scholar through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Fellows Academy and Research Committee
- Received IRB approval to conduct research at SVSU
Dr. Kalpana Joshi
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Prior to DET program: Technology Assistant in a K-12 school district
After DET program: The University of Michigan Business Process Technical Analyst in Health Services Education
When I started a new role I realized that the DET program has tailored to shape me with the current educational system requirements, it changed my way of thinking. This is the Best program I can recommend.
Dr. Sarah Manacek
Hometown: Burlington, VT
Prior to DET program: Lecturer and Clinical Instructor
After DET program: Director of Simulation Education and Clinical Instructor at the University of Vermont
Before enrolling in the DET program, I was a Lecturer in a School of Nursing. Recognizing the growing impact of technology in the healthcare setting and in nursing education, I realized that I needed guidance on how to use technology meaningfully. Over the course of the DET program, I developed the necessary knowledge, research, and creativity skills necessary to be a change agent in how we use technology in healthcare and in education. I am now the Director of Simulation Education and a Clinical Assistant Professor at a research university exploring best practices for integrating cutting-edge technologies in the hospital and educational settings.
Dr. Caitlyn Kolhoff
Hometown: Fredrick, MD
Prior to DET: University Financial Analyst
After DET program: Assistant Director, Education Programs for a non-profit