Stephen Harmon

Biography

After majoring in English literature at Furman University, I moved to Upper Egypt to teach fourth-grade English for two years. During this time I noticed that there was a tremendous need for education and training there, but few resources to provide it. I decided to attend a graduate school and enrolled in graduate studies in instructional technology at the University of Georgia. I completed a masters and doctorate in instructional technology with a cognate in global policy studies. I then accepted a position as an assistant professor of instructional technology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. I worked there the next five years building a masters program in Instructional Technology and working to improve the university's Educational Technology infrastructure. I returned to my native Atlanta, along with about 15 million other people, just in time for the summer Olympics in 1996. I joined the faculty in Middle, Secondary Education and Instructional Technology first as an assistant and then as an associate professor. In addition to my academic appointments, in 2000 I became the Director of Educational Technology in the College of Education. My research focuses on elearning and educational uses of emerging technologies. I have served as president of the Division of Learning and Performance Environments for the Association of Educational Communications and Technology and as program chair for the Association for the Development of Computer-based Instructional Systems. I am currently the president-elect of the Research and Theory Division of AECT. I have worked professionally with a wide variety of organizations including Atlanta Public Schools, AT&T, Delta Air Lines and most recent;y CARE, USA. Returning to my initial interest in instructional technology I have worked in several African countries, most recently as a consultant for USAID’s Education for Development and Democracy Initiative in Botswana.