Tonia A. Dousay, Ph.D.

About Me

Dr. Tonia A. Dousay is a P-20 educator and researcher who is honored to work and live on the ancestral homelands of the Dena’ina, Ahtna, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, and Eyak/dAXunhyuu peoples. Her experience and work encompass PK-12, higher education, and military/industry training. Tonia is a Professor of Education and serves as Dean of the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Education. As a Google Certified Innovator with more than 20 years of learning design and education project management experience, Tonia designs and studies a variety of learning environments and activities with emergent and established technologies, focusing on:

 • Instructional and Multimedia Design

 • Creativity & Collaboration

 • Learner Engagement

 • Distance Learning

Her goal is to help others better design learning to empower learners of all ages, foster interdisciplinary understanding, and help learners take control of their own learning experiences.

Professional Identities

Instructional Designer

Instructional designers use a systematic approach to assess learning contexts, design appropriate instructional solutions, develop relevant content and experiences, and evaluate learning effectiveness and quality.

Teacher Educator

Teacher educators are responsible for the quality preparation of teachers at all levels and in a variety of contexts. Further, teacher educators serve both prospective and practicing teachers to support learning across the lifespan.


Research and practice (should) have a reciprocal relationship. Our practices involve challenges that can be addressed by research. And the findings of our research can be applied to our practices.

Design Educator

Focused on learning design--to include media and content--and the intersection of multimedia design and learner motivation, design educators teach others to apply design principles effectively and evaluate learning designs critically.


Formal and informal mentoring helps develop professional and interpersonal skills to support growth and development. From advice to encouragement, mentoring should be a mutually beneficial relationship.


Leadership is more than a title. It is a philosophy of inspiration and a practice with purpose. Leaders take pride in building up others and facilitating positive change.

Curriculum Vitae


University of Georgia

Learning, Design, & Technology


Texas A&M University

Agricultural Education


Texas A&M University

Agricultural Science



University of Alaska Anchorage

Professor & Dean

School of Education

University of Idaho

Associate Professor of Learning Sciences & Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation

College of Education, Health & Human Sciences; Department of Curriculum & Instruction

University of Idaho

Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences

College of Education, Health & Human Sciences; Department of Curriculum & Instruction

University of Wyoming

Assistant Professor of Learning, Design, & Technology

College of Education; School of Counseling, Leadership, Advocacy, and Design

James Madison University

Adjunct Instructor

College of Education; Learning, Technology & Leadership Education Department

MoWerks Learning

Instructional Design Consultant

Medical education; Business education

Blinn College


Applied Business Program

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

eLearning Manager

Curriculum Development Services

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

Instructional Design Specialist

Engineering, Utilities, & Public Works Training Institute

Learning Mangement Systems

Instructure Canvas


BlackBoard Ultra


BlackBoard Learn




Pearson eCollege


Educational Technology

3D Printing


Augmented Reality


Comic Life 3


Google Workspace


Microsoft Office






Virtual Reality



  • Google for Education Certified Innovator
  • Google for Education Certified Trainer
  • Google Certified Educator Level 1
  • Google Certified Trainer Skills
  • Apple Teacher


Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT)

University of Idaho Alumni Association

Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT); Culture, Learning and Technology Division 

International Society for Technology in Education

Educational Technology World Conference (ETWC), Bali, Indonesia

Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT), Division of Distance Learning

University of Wyoming College of Education

Selected Workshops & Talks


Dousay, T. A. (2022, April). Mo money, mo problems: The shifting landscape of online learning instructional design in higher education [Keynote]. eLearning Consortium of Colorado Conference. Virtual

Dousay, T. A. (2018, October). Curiosity, makerspaces, & innovation [Invited talk]. Northern Illinois University Graduate Student Colloquium. DeKalb, IL

Dousay, T. A. (2016, November). Learn something new every day [Capnote]. Wyoming Extension Professional Improvement Conference (EPIC). Evanston, WY


K12 Camps & Workshops

Sell, B. & Dousay, T. A. (2022, August). PIZZAology: Learning science through food and fun [Summer camp]. Idaho STEM Action Center Out-of-School Activities. Moscow, ID

Davis, M. A., Dousay, T. A., & Zhu, Y. (2019, January). Robotics for elementary students [Interactive demonstration]. 6th Annual STEM Matters! at the Capitol. Boise, ID

Dousay, T. A. (2018, May). Cardboard pinball wizard (4th grade) [Workshop]. University of Wyoming Library Innovation Center. Laramie, WY

Dousay, T. A. (2017, June). Be a bridge architect (6th-8th grade) [Summer camp]. Knowledge Enrichment for Youth (KEY) Camp. Casper, WY

Dousay, T. A. (2017, June). Robot visions (6th-8th grade) [Summer camp]. Knowledge Enrichment for Youth (KEY) Camp. Casper, WY


Higher Education Faculty Professional Development

Dousay, T. A. (2019, August). Online practices and pedagogy [Invited workshop]. Casper College Digital Learning Center. Casper, WY

Dousay, T. A. (2019, August). Innovations in education [Invited workshop]. Casper College Digital Learning Center. Casper, WY


Teacher Professional Development

Dousay, T. A. (2019, August). Warming up with add-ons & extensions for Google apps [Public workshop]. Boundary County School District 101. Bonners Ferry, ID

Dousay, T. A. (2019, August). Google Classroom bootcamp [Inservice workshop]. State of Idaho Career & Technical Education REACH Conference. Boise, ID


Industry Professional Development

Dousay, T. A. (2020, September). Inclusive virtual workflows and partnerships [Invited virtual presentation]. Federal Executive Board. Chicago, IL

Dousay, T. A. (2020, August). Teaching and creating with technology for public safety [Invited workshop]. State of Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. Salem, OR (Event canceled)

Dousay, T. A. (2020, July). Inclusive virtual meetings [Invited virtual presentation]. Federal Executive Board. Chicago, IL


Seminar Talks

Dousay, T. A. (2022, February). Weird Science: Challenges and benefits of preparing future teachers for distance teaching and learning. Brigham Young University Instructional Psychology & Technology Doctoral Seminar. Provo, UT (Virtual)

Dousay, T. A. (2021, November). Researching learner motivations with design-based research. Texas A&M University Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications Doctoral Seminar. College Station, TX (Virtual)


Selected Publications

Dousay, T. A. (2023). In search of continuous improvement: An interview with Watermark’s Brian Robinson. eLearn Magazine, 2023(8).

Bozkurt, A., Gjelsvik, T., Adam, T., Asino, T. I., Atenas, J., Bali, M., Blomgren, C., Bond, M., Bonk, C. J., Brown, M., Burgos, D., Conrad, D., Costello, E., Cronin, C., Czerniewicz, L., Deepwell, M., Deimann, M., DeWaard, H. J., Dousay, T. A., Ebner, M., Farrow, R., Gil-Jaurena, I., Havemann, L., Inamorato, A., Irvine, V., Karunanayaka, S. P., Kerres, M., Lambert, S., Lee, K., Makoe, M., Marín, V. I., Mikroyannidis, A., Mishra, S., Naidu, S., Nascimbeni, F., Nichols, M., Olcott. Jr., D., Ossiannilsson, E., Otto, D., Padilla Rodriguez, B. C., Paskevicius, M., Roberts, V., Saleem, T., Schuwer, R., Sharma, R. C., Stewart, B., Stracke, C. M., Tait, A., Tlili, A., Ubachs, G., Weidlich, J., Weller, M., Xiao, J., & Zawacki Richter, O. (2023). Openness in education as a praxis: From individual testimonials to collective voices. Open Praxis, 15(2), pp. 76–112. DOI: 

Dousay, T. A., & Branch, R. M. (2022). Survey of instructional design models (6th ed.). Brill Publishers.

Dousay, T. A., Miller, B. G., & Parent, C. E. (2022). CURating science literacy and professional identity among biology and science education majors. Innovations in Science Teacher Education. 7(3).

Zhao, L., Dixon, R., Dousay, T., & Carr-Chellman, A. (2022). Outsourced professional development for online instructors: Recommendations from research. eLearn Magazine, 2022(4).

Dousay, T. A., & Hall, C. S. (2021). Support technologies. In L. Cifuentes (Ed.), A guide to administering distance learning (pp. 326–352). Brill Sense.

Rader, E., Love, R., Reano, D., Dousay, T. A., & Wingerter, N. (2021). Pandemic Minecrafting: An analysis of the perceptions of and lessons learned from a gamified virtual geology field camp. Geoscience Communication, 4, 475–492.

Houlden, S., Hodson, J., Veletsianos, G., Gosse, C., Lowenthal, P., Dousay, T., & Hall, N. C. (2021). Support for scholars coping with online harassment: An ecological framework. Feminist Media Studies.

Gosse, C., Veletsianos, G., Hodson, J., Houlden, S., Dousay, T. A., Lowenthal, P. R., & Hall, N. (2021). The hidden costs of connectivity: nature and effects of scholars’ online harassment. Learning, Media and Technology, 46(3), 264–280.

Janak, E., & Dousay, T. (2020). Ben Henneke and college by radio: Expanding midcentury educational opportunity at the University of Tulsa. Journal of American Culture, 43(4), 312–323.

Carpenter, J. P., Rosenberg, J. M., Dousay, T. A., Romero-Hall, E., Trust, T., Kessler, A., Phillips, M., Morrison, S. A., Fischer, C., & Krutka, D. G. (2020). What should teacher educators know about technology? Perspectives and self-assessments. Teaching and Teacher Education, 95.

Dousay, T. A., & Trujillo, N. P. (2019). An examination of gender and situational interest in multimedia learning environments. British Journal of Educational Technology, 50(2), 876–887.

Dousay, T. A., & Weible, J. L. (2019). Build-A-Bug workshop: Designing a learning experience with emerging technology to foster creativity. TechTrends, 63(1), 41–52.

Dousay, T. A., & Janak, E. A. (2018). All things considered: Educational radio as the first MOOCs. TechTrends, 62(6), 555–562.

Veletsianos, G., Kimmons, R., Larsen, R., Dousay, T. A., & Lowenthal, P. (2018). Public comment sentiment on educational videos: Understanding the effects of presenter gender, video format, threading, and moderation on YouTube TED talks. PLoS ONE, 1–21.

Dousay, T. A. (2017). Karma in comics: Discovering hidden super powers through creating. In E. A. Janak & L. A. Sourdot (Eds.), Educating through popular culture: You’re not cool just because you teach with comics (pp. 41–60). Lexington Books.


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