News & media, service, and grants


US Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education Grant, 2014-2017, $1.483 million.  Grant writer for project design and evaluation.  Co-Principal Investigator.

Sloan Consortium Fellow, 2013, “Tanya Joosten, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, for exceptionally creative work in advancing blended and online learning in the K-12 and higher education environments.”

Steelcase Innovation Hub Active Learning Classroom Grant, 2013, $35,000. Principal Investigator.

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Digital Futures Research Grant, 2012, $5,000. Principal Investigator.

University of Wisconsin System, Office of Technology, Curricular Redesign Grant, Mobile Learning, 2011-2012, $15,000. Principal Investigator.

University of Wisconsin System, Office of Technology, Curricular Redesign Grant, Intensive Faculty Development and Virtual Worlds, 2011-2012, $15000. Principal Investigator.

University of Wisconsin System, Office of Technology, Emerging Technology Grant, Social Media, January, 2010, $4,200. Principal Investigator.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Educational Technology Fee, Second Life for Learning, April, 2009, $2,500. Principal Investigator.

University of Wisconsin System, Office of Technology, Emerging Technology Grant, Virtual Worlds, January, 2008, $5,000. Principal Investigator.

Sloan Consortium, Blended and Hybrid Learning Initiative, December 2007-2010, $500,000. Awarded to UWM. Coordinated and conducted research and reports.

University of Wisconsin System, Office of Technology, Curriculum Redesign Grant, Student Response Systems, June, 2005-2006, $98,000. Co-Principal Investigator.

Regent's Scholarship Award/Graduate Academic Scholarship, Arizona State University, Graduate College, 2000-2001; TA/RA Out-of-State Tuition Scholarships, Arizona State University, Graduate College, 2000-2002.

ASASU Conference Travel Grant recipient, Arizona State University, Associated Students of
ASU (ASASU), November 2001 and November 2002.

Graduate College Travel Grant recipient, Arizona State University, Graduate College,
February 2001, November 2001, and November 2002.

Graduate Research Grant recipient, Arizona State University, Office of the Vice-Provost for
Research and the Graduate College, November 2001.

Outstanding GPA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Communication, 2000

John Paul Jones Award, University Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Communication, 2000.

Dean's Honor List, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Letters and Science, 1998.


Stoffel, B. (March 1st, 2016). Are online schools the future in Wisconsin? WTMJ 620 Morning Show.  Retrieved from: [quoted]

Friedman, J. (December 30th, 2015). 4 ways to use social media as an online student.  U.S. News World and Report.  Retrieved from: [quoted]

Estrada, V. (March 5th, 2015). The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee announces the DETA Research Center. New Media Consortium News.  Retrieved from: [quoted]

Picciano, A. (February 10th, 2015).  At Educause ELI Annual Meeting. A. Picciano CUNY Blog. Retrieved from: [mentioned]

Russ Poulin (February 10th, 2015). Defining a research agenda for distance.  WCET Blog. Retrieved from: [mentioned]

UWM News (October 24th, 2014).  Milwaukee – The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has received a $1.48 million grant to establish a national Center for the Study of Distance Education and Technological Advancement (DETA). Retrieved from: [mentioned]

Rees, J. (June 6th, 2014). Office hours are obsolete.  Chronicle Vitae.  Retrieved from: [referenced]

Graham, S., & Terry, J. (February 1st, 2013). Companies making money from online students--by doing their work for them. WTMJ. Retrieved from [quoted]

Doyle, M. (January 17th, 2013). Manti Te'o dating debacle sparks local reaction. CBS 58 Local News. Retrieved from: [quoted]

Parry, M. (March, 30, 2011). Think You’ll Make Big Bucks in Online Ed? Not So Fast, Experts Say. Wired Campus: The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from:

Fusch, D. (January, 2011). Higher Ed Impact Monthly Diagnostic, Academic Impressions. Retrieved from: [quoted]

Mallet, G. (October 19th, 2010). UWM Students Use Tweetup To Connect, WTMJ Channel 4. Retrieved from: [quoted]

Garwood, B. (October 18th, 2010). Three Takeaways from EDUCAUSE 2010, Ed Tech Magazine. Retrieved from [quoted]

Jones, J. (October 15th, 2010). Weekend Reading: Travel Edition. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from:

Carter, D. (October 15th, 2010). How to use higher education’s ‘new toy’: Social media, Using popular online platforms to communicate with students takes center stage at annual EDUCAUSE conference.  eCampus News. Retrieved from [quoted]

Garwood, B. (October 15th, 2010). EDUCAUSE 2010: From the floor (video series). Ed Tech Magazine. Retrieved from [video interview]

Young, J. (July 22nd, 2010). How Social Networking Helps Teaching (and Worries Some Professors). Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from [quoted]

Ziff, D. (June 20th, 2010). UW System learning how to best use virtual world. Wisconsin State Journal.  [quoted]

Young, J. (February 2nd, 2010). After Frustrations in Second Life, Colleges Look to New Virtual Worlds. Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from  [not quoted]

Jayson, S. (September 17th, 2009). 'Flocking' behavior lands on social networking sites. Retrieved from  [not quoted]

Parry, M. (August 11th, 2009). Teens Don’t Tweet. Wired Campus, Chronicle of Higher

Toner, E. (January 22nd, 2007). UWM students use clickers. WUWM Radio. Retrieved from  [quoted]

Shurk, N. (May 10th, 2006) Technology 'clicks' with UWM students. The Leader. Retrieved from  [quoted]

Bayne, G. (April 19, 2010). Online and Blended Learning 101. EDUCAUSE. Retrieved from

Lawrence, E. (May 26th, 2009). Assessing the Student Experience in 2nd Life. EDUCAUSE. Retrieved from

Page, C. (April 13th, 2007). "Clickers" in the Classroom. EDUCAUSE. Retrieved from


UW System, Learn@UW Executive Committee, 2012-
SXSWedu, Advisory Board, 2015-
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, Reviewer, 2015-

Sloan-C/OLC Blended Workshop and Conference Steering Committee, 2010-2015
Sloan-C/OLC Emerging Technologies Conference Steering Committee, Keynote and plenary speakers sub-committee, 2014-2015
State of Wisconsin Superintendent's digital learning advisory council member, 2011-2014
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, Spring Focus Session Committee, 2014
Sloan-C Emerging Technology Conference Steering Committee, 2014
Sloan-C Blended Workshop and Conference Chair, 2011-2013
NMC Horizon Project Higher Ed Advisory Board, 2012-2013
EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel, 2011-2012
Sage Publications digital media advisory board member, 2011-2012
Sloan-C Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks Advisory Panel for Access, 2011-2012
EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies Committee, 2010-2012EDUCAUSE Quarterly (EQ) Reviewer, 2010-2012
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Focus Session Advisory Council, 2010
Desire2Learn Conference Planning Committee, 2010-2011
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, Second Life Guide, 2010
EDUCAUSE Annual Conference Adjunct Reader, 2009-2010
Editorial Board, Rocky Mountain Communication Review, 2002-2004


UWM Category B (Teaching and/or Research) Academic Staff Review Committee
UWM Distance Education Seed Funding Committee
UWM Online and Flex/CBE Degree Task Force Committee


UWM Committees
Campus Strategic Planning Committee, IT Group
Campus Strategic Planning Sub-committee of the Enrollment Management Group,
Online and Flex Task Force
Flex Degree Operations Committee
Education Effectiveness Committee
Online Program Council, co-chair
Northwest Quadrant Space Planning Committee
                        Assessment Sub-committee
Digital Future Conference planning committee, Teaching and Learning co-chair
Learning Technology Center Space Redesign lead
UITS Content Management System team, Training team
UITS Pantherlink Calendar, Campus Events team
UITS Survey Instrument, Qualtrics team
UITS Computer Purchasing team
Copyright Committee
Open Access Committee

UWM Blended and Online Program service
            UWM Guide to Online Programming committee
            UWM Certificate for Online and Blended Teaching committee
            UWM Faculty Development Program for Online and Blended Learning
            UWM Course Evaluator for online or blended courses

UWM Search and Screen Committees
            Learning Technology Center, Instrumentation Innovator, member 2008, chair, 2010
            College of Health Sciences, Director of eLearning, member 2008

Guest speaker
Department of Communication, Health Communication and Technology, Hayeon Song
Department of Communication, Careers in Communication, Renee Meyers
School of Information Sciences, Evaluating Online, Jacques Du Plessis
Department of Communication, Graduate Professional Development, Online Teaching and the Use of the Internet