Higher Education & Learning Technology

Higher Education & Learning Technologies

Department of Higher Education and Learning Technologies

The Department of Higher Education and Learning Technologies is the home of one of the largest Higher Education programs in the country as well as one of the two largest doctoral programs at the university.  Programs offered by the department include one doctorate, four master’s programs, and one undergraduate program.  The doctoral program in Higher Education was the first doctorate offered by the university in 1962.

The department is committed to accessibility in course offerings for students, recognizing the challenges faced by our traditionally diverse students.  As such, the bulk of the department’s course offerings are offered either online or at one of the university’s remote delivery sites, incorporating web-enhanced and ITV technology.  According to GraduatePrograms.com, Texas A&M University-Commerce ranks 20th in the nation among the Best Overall Online Graduate Programs.

Texas A&M University-Commerce has the highest graduation rate for doctoral programs among Texas public institutions.  The Department of Higher Education and Learning Technologies ranks second in the state in the preparation of college presidents and college chief academic officers (Leist & Travis, 2013).

Dr. Jon Travis
Department of Higher Education and Learning Technologies                           (903) 886-5609                                                                                

E-mail: Jon.Travis@tamuc.edu

  • Mary Jo Dondlinger

    Faculty in Educational Technology masters program. Experiences include teaching college writing, designing career and technical degree programs, and directing college-wide institutional effectiveness efforts.

    Areas of Research:

    Teaching methodologies and technologies for complex problem-solving and life-long dispositions in learning

  • Alan Francis

    Alan Francis was an instructional designer from 2006-2009. He gained six years of extensive online teaching experience in the College of Business before his move to Educational Leadership in 2014.

    Areas of Research:

    Online course design and testing

  • James  Tunnell

    Dr. James Tunnell served as Professor in the department of Secondary & Higher Education. Dr. Tunnell joined the faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1971 and served as Associate Professor and then Professor for 30 years.

  • Seung Won  Yoon


    Dr. Robert Munday served as Professor and Head of the department of Secondary & Higher Education. Dr. Munday joined the faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1965; his career spanned 36 years.

  • Madeline Justice

    She teaches online doctoral courses in the Higher Education program. She has served in in teaching and administrative roles in the university, community college and public school.

    Areas of Research:

    curriculum development, diversity, reading, emotional intelligence and educational research.

  • JoHyun  Kim

    JoHyun Kim has her specialization in higher education and community college leadership.

    Areas of Research:

    Students' access to and success in higher education focusing on high school-to-college transition, dual credit, college readiness, and students' retention and graduation.

  • Charlotte Larkin

    Charlotte Larkin has served in administrative and teaching roles at the university level for the past 18 years. She previously worked in the computer industry in the private sector.

    Areas of Research:

    Online instructional design, teaching, and learning.

  • Derek Lester

    Derek Lester is an assistant professor in the Higher Education program.

    Areas of Research:

    Students' motivation to attend college students' perceptions of academic environments, engagement, and persistence, and guided by theories of evolutionary psychology and person/environment fit.

  • William R Ogden

    William R. ''Bill'' Ogden has got thirty-six years of teaching and administrative service experience. He teaches an online section of HIED 627, History of Higher Education in the United States

    Areas of Research:

    Science Education

  • Delores Rice

    Delores Rice conducts research in STEM, with a passion for engineering education and social justice. Having earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering,.

    Areas of Research:

    African American female engineers and other underrepresented groups in the STEM disciplines..

  • Jon Travis

    Jon Travis has served as a professor and administrator in higher education for 26 years.

    Areas of Research:

    Threats to Public Education, Qualitative Research, Law, College Teaching, and Higher Education.