Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Iowa State University
Nominee: John Bransford
Dr. Thompson earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Pomona College, M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. At Iowa State University, she has served as Senior Scientist, Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching, Interim Associate Dean, College of Human Sciences, Professor and Chair, Curriculum and Instruction, and is the Founding Director for Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching.
Dr. Thompson’s research Interests focus on faculty development in technology integration using technology to expand and enhance teacher education; faculty and teacher mentoring programs, as well as engineering as a tool for teaching mathematics and science.
She is the author of seven books and more than 50 journal articles in educational technology and was named one of 10 most influential people in educational technology for 2011 by ISU Tech & Learning. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Thompson has been the Editor of Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education; President of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education; developer of the Technology Mentoring Program in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University; co-author of Foundations of Educational Computing; author of introductory educational computing textbook: Personal Applications in Educational Computing; developer of instructional computing program for undergraduate and graduate students; developer and coordinator for the Electronic Education Exchange, a communication network for Iowa educators focusing on needs of new teachers; as well as creator of an educational television series for elementary school teachers on the metric system.