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DEBORAH L. LOWTHER
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Dr. Lowther has devoted her academic career to the area of K-12 technology integration. This focus is illustrated in her ongoing research, publications, presentations, and work with graduate students. Lowther serves or has served as the lead researcher for multiple high-profile studies investigating technology integration policies and practices through her work with the Center for Research in Educational Policy. These include two U.S. Department of Education Institute of Educational Sciences studies:  Hybrid Algebra 1 and TN EdTech Accountability Model. Lowther served as co-principal investigator with Dr. Linda Cavalluzzo for the five-year Kentucky Hybrid Algebra 1 study, which was one of two Randomized Control Trials sponsored by the Regional Educational Lab for Appalachia.

Dr. Lowther is co-author of two technology integration textbooks, Instructional Technology and Media for Learning (10th Ed.) and Integrating Technology into the Curriculum (4th Ed.). Both books have received national awards and have been translated into multiple languages. 

Lowther has a strong commitment to mentor and support graduate students. She has chaired 18 dissertations of students who successfully completed their doctoral studies and is currently chairing six doctoral students working on their final research residency or dissertations. She actively engages her doctoral students in research and scholarship, which has resulted in 29 publications and 30 presentations that were co-authored with doctoral students.
Education

  • Ph.D. Educational Technology - Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona - 1994
  • M.A. Curriculum and Instruction - University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, Texas - 1988
  • B.S. Secondary Education - University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, Texas - 1980

Work Experience

  • Department Chair, Instruction and Curriculum Leadership - University of Memphis - 2011 - Present
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Instruction and Curriculum Leadership - University of Memphis - 2007 - 2010
  • Professor, ICL / Instructional Design and Technology - University of Memphis - 2008 - present
  • Associate Professor, Instruction and Curriculum Leadership: Instructional Design and Technology - University of Memphis College of Education - 2000 - present
  • Assistant Professor, Instruction and Curriculum Leadership: Instructional Design and Technology - University of Memphis College of Education - 1995 - 2000
  • Program Evaluator, Phoenix Urban Systemic Initiative - Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Tempe, Arizona - 1994 - 1995
  • Evaluation Specialist Instructional Designer Media Producer, Comprehensive Regional Center for Minorities (CRCM) - Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Tempe, Arizona - 1991 - 1995
  • Adjunct Faculty, College of Education Division of Psychology in Education - Arizona State University (ASU) Tempe, Arizona - 1995
  • Instructional Designer, Center for Learning and Instruction - Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Tempe, Arizona - 1989-1992
  • Graduate Associate, Morrison Institute of Public Policy - Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona - 1990-1991
  • Middle School Teacher, Valley View Middle School - Ysleta Independent School District El Paso, Texas - 1982-1989
Honors/Awards
  • First Tennessee Professorship - University of Memphis - 2009-2012
  • Outstanding Research Paper - AERA - Tech as Agent of Change in Tchng & Learning - 2008

Teaching Experience

  • Technology Integration (G) (U) - The University of Memphis
  • Authoring Multimedia Courseware (G) - The University of Memphis
  • Educational Technology Seminar (G) - The University of Memphis
  • Principles & Applications of Instructional Design (G) - The University of Memphis
  • Developing Instructional Materials (G) - The University of Memphis
  • History of Instructional Design (G) - The University of Memphis
  • Theories and Models of Instructional Design (G) - The University of Memphis
  • Educational Psychology Foundations (G) - Arizona State University
  • Learning and Motivation (U) - Arizona State University
Service
  • Journal of Computers in Higher Education - Consulting Editor - 2008-present
  • International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management - Associate Editor - 2006-present
Books Published
  • Smaldino, S., Lowther, D. L., & Russell, J. (2012) Instructional Technology and Media in the Classroom (10th Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall. 
  • Morrison, G. R. & Lowther, D. L. (2010). Integrating Computer Technology into the Classroom: Skills for the 21st Century, (4th Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall.  
Journal Articles
  • Anderson, R., Baur, J., & Lowther, D.L., Robertson, Janna S. (2013). Educational leaders: Preparing university teachers to meet student needs in online courses. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Practice, 28(1), 69-82.
  • Alderson*, L., Lowther, D. L., & Martindale, E. T. (2013). Laying the Groundwork for An International Online Collaboration Project Between Indonesian and American Students in Higher Education. 2013 Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Papers: Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Anaheim, CA: Association for Educational Communications and Technology.
  • Lowther, D. L. & Inan*, F. A. (2012). Do one-to-one initiatives bridge the way to 21st Century knowledge and skills. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 46(1), 1-30.
  • Smaldina, S.E., Lowther, D.L., & Russell, J.D. (2011). Thirty years of evolution in instructional technology, as reflected in a textbook. Educational Technology, 11(6), 43-47.
  • Lowther, D.L. & Inan, F.A., (2012). Do One-to-One Initiatives bridge the way to 21st Century Knowledge and Skills? Journal of Educational Computing Research, 46(1).
  • Inan, F. A., Lowther, D. L., (2010) Laptops in the K-12 classrooms: Exploring factors impacting instructional use. Computers & Education, 55(3), 937-944.
  • Inan, F.A., & Lowther, D.L., (2010). Factors effecting technology integration in K-12 classrooms: A path model. Educational Technology Research and Development, 58(2), 137-154.
  • Inan, F.A., Lowther, D.L., Ross, S.M., & Strahl, J.D. (2010). Pattern of Classroom Activities during Students Use of Computers: Relations between Instructional Strategies and Computer Applications. Teaching and Teacher Education, 26(3), 540-546.
  • Allen, L.E., Franceschini, L. & Lowther, D.L. (2009). The role of leadership in a statewide student laptop implementation. iManager’s Journal of Educational Technology, 6(1), 29-41.
  • Lowther, D.L., Inan, F.A., Strahl, J.D., Ross, S.M. (2008). Does technology integration “work” when key barriers are removed?  Educational Media International, 45(3), 195-206.
  •  Lowther, D. L., Strahl, J. D., Franceschini, L.A., & Zoblotsky, T. A. (2008). Michigan’s Freedom to Learn 2006-2007 Evaluation Report. Prepared for the One-to-One Laptop Institute and Ferris State University: Center for Research in Educational Policy, The University of Memphis: Memphis, TN.
  •  Lowther, D. L., Strahl, J. D., Ross, S. M., & Huang, Y. (2008). Florida Enhancing Education Through Technology Laptop Initiative 2007-2008 Evaluation Report.  Prepared for the Florida Department of Education and the University of South Florida:  Center for Research in Educational Policy, The University of Memphis: Memphis, TN.
  •  Mims, C., Lowther, D. L., Strahl, J. D., Franceschini, L.A., & Zoblotsky, T. A. (2008). McNairy County Laptop Program 2007-2008  Evaluation Report. Prepared for McNairy County School Board: Center for Research in Educational Policy, The University of Memphis: Memphis, TN.
  •  Franceschini, L.A., Allen, L. E., Lowther, D. L., & Strahl, J. D., (2008). Michigan’s Freedom to Learn 2006-2007 Evaluation Report. Prepared for the One-to-One Laptop Institute and Ferris State University: Center for Research in Educational Policy, The University of Memphis: Memphis, TN.
  • Lowther, D. L., Strahl, J. D., Inan, F. A., & Ross, S. M. (2007). Tennessee EdTech Launch 2005-2006 Evaluation Report.  Prepared for the Tennessee Department of Education: Center for Research in Educational Policy, The University of Memphis: Memphis, TN.
  • Lowther, D. L., Strahl, J. D., Inan*, F. A. & Bates, J. (2007). Michigan’s Freedom to Learn 2005-2006 Evaluation Report. Prepared for the One-to-One Laptop Institute and Ferris State University: Center for Research in Educational Policy, The University of Memphis: Memphis, TN.
  • Lowther, D. L., Strahl, J. D., Ross, S. M., & Huang, Y. (2007). Florida Enhancing Education Through Technology Laptop Initiative 2006-2007 Evaluation Report.  Prepared for the Florida Department of Education and the University of South Florida:  Center for Research in Educational Policy, The University of Memphis: Memphis, TN.
  • Lowther, D. L. (July, 2007).  Investing in people. T.H.E. Journal, 34(7), 42-43. [NOTE: With a circulation of 90,000 qualified readers, T.H.E. is the largest circulated education technology monthly publication.]
  • Allen, L. E., Lowther, D. L.  & Strahl, J. D. (2007). Differences in technology use based on levels of immersion in a teacher technology training program. Journal of Educational Technology, 4(3), 27-38.
  • Ross, S. M., Morrison, G., & Lowther, D. L. (2005).  Using experimental methods in higher education research.  Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 16(2), 39-64.
  • McDonald, A.J., Sterbinsky, A., Lowther, D., Ross, S.M., Redfield, D., Apodaca, M., & Martelli, S. (2004).  Demonstrating comprehensive school reform: A review of two longitudinal studies.  The International Journal of Educational Policy, Research and Practice, 4(4), 93-110.
  • Nanjappa, A. & Lowther, D. L. (April, 2004) Technology Integration Beliefs of School Teachers in India. Proceedings of the 2004 American Educational Research Association National Conference, San Diego, CA.   
  • Lowther, D. L., Ross, S. M., & Morrison, G. R. (2003). When each one has one:  The influences on teaching strategies and student achievement of using laptops in the classroom. Educational Technology Research and Development, 51(03), 23-44. [Note. Listed in top ten most frequently cited ETR&D articles]

  • Lowther, D. L. & Morrison, G. R. (2003). Integrating Computers into the Problem-Solving Process. New Directions for Teaching and Learning: Problem-Based Learning for the Information Age, 95(03), 33-38.
  • Nanjappa, A. & Lowther, D. L. (2003). The Assessment of Concerns and Computer Self-Efficacy of Teachers in India regarding the Professional Use of Computers. ED-MEDIA 2003--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications Conference Proceedings. Honolulu, HI.   
  • Ross, S. M. & Lowther, D. L. (2003). Impacts of the Co-nect school reform design on classroom instruction, school climate, and student achievement in inner-city schools. Journal for Educational Research on Students Placed At Risk, 8(3), 215-246.
  • Jones, G. R., Harmon, S. W., & Lowther, D. L. (2002). Internet-based learning and Technology Integration: A Systemic Approach. In R. Reiser and J. Dempsey (Eds.) Foundations, Trends, & Issues in Instructional Technology; Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Clark, F. & Lowther, D. L. (2002). Impact of the Cognitive Apprenticeship Model on Preparing Pre-Service Teachers to Effectively Plan For the Use of Technology in Instruction. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education 13th International Conference Proceedings, Nashville, TN   
  • Morrison, G. R. & Lowther, D. L. (2001). Information management. In A. Costa (Ed.) Developing Minds: ASCD Publications.
  • Lowther, D. L., Ross, S. M. & Morrison, G. R. (June, 2001). Evaluation of a Laptop Program: Successes and Recommendations. 2001 National Education Computing Conference Proceedings. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education.   
Presentations
  • Anderson, R., Lowther, D., Bauer, J. & Robertson, J. (2012, April). Secondary education leaders: Creating caring online learning communities. Paper presented at the New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society Conference, Tauranga, New Zealand.
  • *Cavalluzzo, L., Lowther, D. *Mokher, C. & Fan, X. (2012, April). Effects of Kentucky virtual schools' hybrid program for algebra I on math achievement: Final report. Paper presented at the 2012 American Educational Research Association National Conference, Vancouver, BC. (*presenters)
  • *Cavalluzzo, L., Lowther, D. *Mokher, C. & Fan, X. (2011, April). Effects of a hybrid program for algebra I on grade 9 students' mathematics achievement. Paper presented at the 2011 American Educational Research Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA. (*presenters)
  • *Cavalluzzo, L., Lowther, D. *Mokher, C. & Fan, X. (2010, June). RCT study design for the effects of a hybrid program for algebra I on grade 9 students' mathematics achievement. Paper presented at the 2010 Institute of Educational Sciences Research Conference, National Harbor, MD. (*presenters)
  • Ross, S. M., Morrison, G. R., & Lowther, D. L. (2010, February). The status of research in educational technology.  Keynote address, The World Conference on Educational Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey. Presented by S.M. Ross.  
  • Allen, L.E*., Franceschini, L.A., & Lowther, D. L. (2010, June). The Role of School Leadership in a Large-Scale Student Laptop Implementation. InSITE 2010: Informing Science + Information Technology Education Joint Conference, Cassino, Italy. *Presenter.
  • Lowther, D. L. (March, 2009). Michigan Freedom to Learn Research Findings. Panel presentation to the One-to-One National Directors at the CoSN Advancing K-12 Technology Leadership 2009 Annual Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Lowther, D. L., Strahl, D. J., Inan, F. A., Ross, S. M.. (April, 2008). Does technology integration “work” when key barriers are removed? Paper presented at the 2008 American Educational Research Association National Conference, New York, NY.
  • Cavalluzzo, L. & Lowther, D. L., (February, 2008).  Year 1 Progress Report of Effects of a Hybrid Secondary School Course in Algebra I on Teaching Practices, Classroom Quality and Adolescent Learning.   Presented to the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Educational Sciences (IES) Research Panel for the Regional Educational Laboratories: Washington, D
  • Lowther, D. L. (December, 2007).  What do teachers and students do during routine technology integration lessons?  Educational Technology Researchers Mini-Summit.  Harvard University. Note:  By invitation only meeting for eight nationally recognized researchers.
  • Lowther, D. L., Ross, S. M., Strahl, J. D., & Inan*, F. A. (June, 2007). Tennessee EdTech Accountability Model Research Review. Presented to the U.S. Department of Education's, Evaluating State Education Technology Programs (ESETP) Research Review Panel, Washington, DC [videoconference].
  • Lowther, D. L., & Strahl, J.D., (May, 2007). The expectations, reality, and what works when integrating laptops into K-12 schools. Presented to the McNairy County School’s Board of Education, County Commissioners, and corporate sponsors. 
  • Lowther, D. L., Wohlleb, J., Nunnery, J., Strahl, J. D., & Martindale, E. T. (April, 2007). Bridging the gap: An investigation of CompassLearning in an urban setting. Paper presented at the 2007 American Educational Research Association National Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Ross, S. M. & Lowther, D. L. (January, 2007). Integrating Computers as a Learning Tool in K-12 Classrooms:  Research Findings and Issues.  Presented at the Cognitive Science Seminar, University of Memphis.
  • *Lowther, D. L., Ross, S.M., & Strahl, J. D. (July, 2006). The Influence of Technology Integration on Instructional Practices. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organisations, Prato, Italy. 
  • *Morrison, G. R., Ross, S. M. & Lowther, D. L., (June, 2006). Presenter at the Voices of the Past - Visions of the Future: Learning and Instructional Technologies for the 21st Century Research Symposium, Bloomington, IN. 
  • *Lowther, D. L., Ross, S.M., & Strahl, J. D. (April, 2006). Integrating Technology in Classroom Learning as a School-wide Reform:  A Foundation for Improved Student Achievement?  Paper presented at the 2006 Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention, San Francisco, CA. 
  • *Montgomery, B., Ross, S. M., & Lowther, D. L. (March, 2006). Research Around One-to-One Initiatives Essential Skills: Planning & Budgeting, Team Building & Staffing, Systems Management and Education & Training.  Paper presented at the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) K-12 School Networking Conference, Arlington, VA. 
  • Lowther, D. L., Ross, S. M., Strahl, J. D., (November, 2005). TEAM/EdTech Year 2 Evaluation Results. Presented to the U.S. Department of Education's, Evaluating State Education Technology Programs (ESETP) Research Review Panel, Washington, DC.  
  • *Inan, F. A., Lowther D. L., & Ross, S. M. (October, 2005). Observation of technology use: Identifying instructional strategies used in K-12 schools. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Orlando, FL.  
  • Lowther, D. L., (August, 2005). Achieving Effective Technology Integration with the NTeQ Model. Key presenter for preservice teachers at University of California, Fresno.  
  • Lowther, D. L. (January, 2005). Integrating Technology for Inquiry (NTeQ Model). Keynote presentation for the Michigan Department of Education, Freedom to Learn Showcase.  
  • Nanjappa*, A. & Lowther, D. (2004). The Role of Computer Self-Efficacy in Technology Integration Beliefs of School Teachers in India. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2004 (pp. 1295-1302). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  •  Lowther, D. & Clark*, F. (2002). Impact of the Cognitive Apprenticeship Model on Preparing Pre-Service Teachers to Effectively Plan For the Use of Technology in Instruction. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2002 (pp. 1276-1280). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED472225)
  • Lowther, D. L., Ross, S. M. & Morrison, G. R. (June, 2001). Evaluation of a Laptop Program: Successes and Recommendations.  2001 National Education Computing Conference Proceedings.  Eugene, OR:  International Society for Technology in Education. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED462937)
  • Van Eck, R., Marvin*, E. D., Burr-McNeal*, B., Jones, M., & Lowther, D. L. (2001). Student Technology Assistant Programs. 2001 Proceedings of Selected Research Paper Presentations:  Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology  (655-668).   Atlanta, GA:  Association for Educational Communications and Technology. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED470193)
  • Lowther, D. L. (October, 2000). Technology integration in rural schools. Keynote for Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative Fall Conference: Lexington, KY.
  • Lowther, D. L. (July, 2000). Technology in K-12 settings. Key presenter to students and faculty in the Instructional Design Program at Nova University, Florida.
  • Job*, K. A. & Lowther, D. L. (2000).  The agony and ecstasy of digitizing a department faculty.  2000 Proceedings of Selected Research Paper Presentations:  Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology  (130-134).   Denver, CO:  Association for Educational Communications and Technology. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED455756)
  • Lowther, D. L. (1999). How to Use Basic Computer Applications to Achieve Higher-Order Learning.  In the 1999 National Education Computing Conference Proceedings (151-152).  Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED432984)
  • Brown*, C. & Lowther, D. (1999). An Analysis of Online Projects for Math and Science. In Proceedings of International Conference on Mathematics / Science Education and Technology 1999 (pp. 52-56). Charlottesville, VA:  Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
  • Lowther, D. L. (February, 1998). Capacity building through problem-based learning. Key presenter at a five-state mini-conference sponsored by the Roanoke River Valley Consortium, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Lowther, D. L., Reece*, G., Plants*, R. (1998). How to Manage Successful Use of Computers in Your Classroom.  In D. Ingham (Ed.) 1998 National Education Computing Conference Proceedings (594-596).  Eugene, OR:  International Society for Technology in Education. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED419491)
  • Lowther, D. L., Stubbs, L., Lendhardt, B., & McCarley, M. (November, 1997). Technology and Thematic Units. Teacher Education Initiative - National Education Association Annual Symposium, Memphis, TN.
  • Lowther, D. L. & Morrison, G. R , & Abraham, K. (June, 1996). Embedded technology. Paper presented at the 1996 Memphis City Schools Technology Conference, Memphis, TN.
  • Lowther, D. L. (August, 1996). Authentic assessment for middle school and high school mathematics and science teachers. Presentation given for The Project SUCCESS Consortium Conference: Charles City, King and Queen, Surry, and Sussex Counties, VA.
  • Morrison, G. R., Abraham, K. & Lowther, D. L. (1996).  Focus on teacher training for technology integration: A new age. In D. Ingham (Ed.) Call of the North, NECC 1996 Proceedings of the Annual National Education Computing Conference (282-284).  Eugene, OR:  International Society for Technology in Education. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED398877)
  • Inan*, F. A., Lowther, D. L., & Ross, S.M. (April, 2007). Examination of factors affecting technology integration in K-12 schools: A path Analysis. Paper presented at the 2007 American Educational Research Association National Conference, Chicago, IL. *Lowther doctoral student.