From the Department Head
Welcome to the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development website. I am so pleased that you are interested in our department and invite you to browse the website to learn more about our outstanding programs, scholarships and career opportunities, and the accomplishments of our dedicated faculty and outstanding students and alumni. The links at the right are very useful in moving to the desired information.
Our three undergraduate programs are:
- Industrial Technology: Prepares students for employment leading to supervisory and management positions in the production, automation, maintenance, or logistics areas of industry.
- Information Technology Services: Prepares students with a solid background in business with emphasis on technology user support, including repair and maintenance of computer systems, management of call centers, and instructional design and delivery of technology training programs.
- Business Technology Education with a concentration in teaching business and technology: Prepares students to secure a teaching license in business education as well as supplemental endorsements to teach middle school technology (ICT I, ICT II, and Technology Foundations), and all business courses at the high school and career and technology centers, including accounting, finance, management, marketing, business fundamentals, economics, and the career pathway experience.
Our four graduate programs are:
- Master of Science in Technology (MST): Designed to assist teachers in improving their teaching methods by integrating technology into their practices and qualifies teacher for the AA teaching license.
- Master of Science in Instructional Technology (MSIT): Prepares students to pursue careers as instructional designers, multimedia specialists, technology facilitators, and distance education specialists in P-12 and industry and business settings.
- Educational Specialist (Ed.S): Designed to assist teachers teachers in improving teaching methods and qualifies teachers for the AAA teaching license.
- Ph.D.: Prepares aspiring researchers who wish to pursue a career in higher education.
Students may also complete the Veterans' Certificate Program that consists of 15 semester hours of coursework designed for anyone at any level who would like to serve veterans.
Our faculty members have participated in many scholarly activities, including publication of numerous books and articles in national refereed journals and presentations at national and international conferences. Our students have received recognition through their participation and commitment to the three student organizations sponsored by the department. ATMAE students won first place in the robotics competition two years in a row and placed first in the report competition as well. Pi Omega Pi members have placed in the top ten in their competition for more than ten years, and in 2011 and 2015 the Alpha Pi chapter earned first place in the national competition. The Phi Beta Lambda chapter is very active at the local, state, and national levels and continues to bring home top awards at the state and national levels. We are very proud of our students and their contributions to their student organizations and appreciate the commitment of their faculty advisers.
Our department is very fortunate to have three scholarships endowed by generous donors for students in the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development. Other College of Education and university scholarships are available to our students as well.
Please make an appointment soon to tour our department and meet with our faculty and staff. Our department is housed in the beautiful historic Industrial Education Building located at 108 Herbert Street on the east side of campus, and our main office is Room 100. We look forward to meeting with you.
Dr. Connie M. Forde