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Alison Carr-Chellman, Ph.D.

Alison Carr-Chellman, Ph.D.

Dean & Professor, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences


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Mailing Address

College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3080
Moscow, ID 83844-3080

  • Ph.D., Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1992
  • M.S., Instructional Design, Development & Evaluation, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1988
  • B.S., Elementary Education, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 1986

  • Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Research and Theory Division Outstanding Book Award. (2015)
  • Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Distinguished Development Award for work in applications of gaming and Instructional Design to classrooms as leverage points to systemically transform schools. (2014)
  • James W. Brown Publication Award for Instructional-design theory, vol. III:  Building a common knowledge base. (2009) Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.  Awarded by ECT Foundation, Association of Educational Communications and Technology. (2011)
  • Winner (co author) AERA SIG for Systems Thinking in Education “Outstanding Publication Award for Established Scholar.” For book chapter, Creating Shared Visions of the Future for K-12 Education.
  • Outstanding Service Award, CHANGE Division, Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).
  • TED Talk: Bring Back the Boys: Gaming to Re-engage boys in their own learning. More than 800,000 views. Global January 2011. — Visit the TED Web page for details.
  • WNYC: Brian Lehrer Show appearance as expert in online k-12 learning, cybercharters and educational technology use in schools. (2011)
  • WBUR: Here and Now with Robin Young, appearance as expert on gender and digital media learning. (July 2011).

Dean Carr-Chellman earned her doctorate at Indiana University, master’s and bachelor’s at Syracuse University. Her focus areas include diffusion of innovations, school change, systems theory, gaming to learn, distance education, cybercharter schools and research methods. She has more than 100 publications ranging from books to chapters to refereed journal articles. She has spoken widely around the issues associated with boys and educational gaming, cybercharters and virtual academies and futuring for public school change. She has consulted with nonprofits and corporations as well as schools on a wide variety of topics and has continued to practice instructional design throughout her career. Hailing from Ohio, Dean Carr-Chellman attended Ohio State University and focused on elementary education there. She taught kindergarten and third grade before returning to graduate school to focus on powerful ways to change schools. She has a well-known TED talk on the topic of boys and educational gaming.

  • Diffusion of innovations, school change, reform, systems theory, technology innovation, gaming, gender and learning, user-design, cybercharter schools, e-learning, online learning and distance education, training and development, qualitative research methods, stakeholder participation, action research.

  • 2014-present Yonkers Charter School for Boy Engagement — Curricular and instructional design and consulting for creation of a charter school in Yonkers NY focused on boy engagement.
  • 2014-present E-Learn Magazine — Serving as Editor in Chief, reviewing all submissions, contributing a variety of scholarship to the magazine, offering overall direction to the magazine, appointing members of the review committees and advisory board.

  • 2015-present, MUV Interactive, Yemin — Pilot testing of “bird” technology at Centre Learning Community (CLC) charter school, middle level examination of wearable technology for significant change in interactive learning engagement.
  • 2012-present, James Madison University — Instructional Design, online education, and adult education consulting to alternative certification programs for federally funded Middle Matters grant program.
  • 2011-present, Provictus, Inc. — Part of start-up company where Instructional Design becomes a part of the product design process alongside activity-design.


  • Carr-Chellman, A.A., Rowland, G. (Eds.), (forthcoming). Classic Dialogues: Exploring the Field of Educational Technology. Routledge. Anticipated publication Winter 2017.
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2016). Instructional Design for Teachers ID4T: Improving Classroom Practice, 2nd Ed. Routledge.
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2010). Instructional Design for Teachers ID4T: Improving Classroom Practice. Routledge.
  • Reigeluth, C.M. & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (Eds.) (2009). Instructional-design theory, vol. III: Building a common knowledge base. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A.  (2006). User-Design. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A. (Ed.) (2005). Global Perspectives on E-learning: Rhetoric and Reality. Sage Publications.


  • Engerman, J.A., MacAllan, M. & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (submitted).Video games and 21st century skills: Understanding learning in COTS video games. Education and Information Technologies (EIT).

  • Scroth, S., Al Qahtani, M., Tang, H., and Carr-Chellman, A.A. (accepted). An exploratory study of Osmo tangram and tangram manipulative in an elementary math classroom. Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange (JETDE).

  • Freeman, Jr. S., Carr-Chellman, A.A. & Kitchel, A. (2018).The negentropic university: A commentary.Teachers College Record. Retrieved from

  • Engerman, J.A., MacAllan, M, & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2018).Games for boys: A qualitative study of experiences with commercial off the shelf gaming.Educational Technology Research and Development, 66 (2), 313-339.

  • Freeman, S., Kitchel, A. & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2017).The Negentropic professor and the online curriculum. e-Learn Magazine, 11 (1).Available online at:

  • Levitan, J., Carr-Chellman, D.J.,& Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2017).Accidental Ethnography (AccE): A method for practitioner-based education research. Journal of Action Research.

  • Wilson, D.,A. Raish, V. & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2016). Film use to promote understanding in change and diffusion of innovation. Systems Practice and Action Research (SPAR). Advance online publication. Doi: 10.1007/s11213-016-9391-6.
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2016). Emerging Marriage: One story of Learning Sciences and Instructional Systems as a possible revisioned future. Educational Technology Magazine 56 (1), 32-35.
  • Carr-Chellman, A. A. (2015). Positing the Future: The Future of "Our" Field. Tech Trends, 59(4), 4.
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2015). Technologies from classroom to e-learning. E-Learn Magazine, November, 2015, available online: E-Learn Magazine, available online:
  • Raish, V. & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2015).  Cyber charter schools:  An alternative to bring-and-mortar schooling? In Clark, T. & Barbour, M.K. (Eds.), Online Blended and Distance Education in Schools: Building Successful Programs. Stylus publications.
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2015). Back to Cyber School. E-Learn Magazine, August 2015, available online: E-Learn Magazine, available online:
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2015). Will e-learning kill the university? E-Learn Magazine, June 2015, available online: Visit the e Learn magazine Web page for details.
  • Engerman, J. A., Carr-Chellman, A. (2014).  Boys and video games: What learning occurs from video game play and how might it map to the common core standards? . In Spector, M. (Ed) Proceedings of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology on Research, Theory and Development. (pp. 280-287). Jacksonville, FL: Association of Educational Communications and Technology.
  • Engerman, J. A., MacAllan, M., Carr-Chellman, A. (2014). Boys and their Toys: Video Game Learning & the Common Core. In Ochsner, A., Dietmeier, J., Williams, C., Steinkuehler, C. (Eds) Proceedings of Games, Learning and Society Conference 10.0 (GLS 10.0). (pp. 504 – 510).  Madison, WI: Games, Learning and Society.
  • Jordan, R. & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2014). DIY Design. Training and Development, 68 (1), 54-58.
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2014) Transmedia in Education. In Sage (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Technology.. [Accepted December 2013].
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A., (2014).  We need more videogames in schools. Huffington Post, invited.
  • Savoy, M. & Carr-Chellman A.A. (2013)  Change agency in learning instruction and performance.  In J. Michael Spector, M. David Merrill, Jan Elen, & M. J. Bishop (Eds).  Handbook of Research in Educational Communications and Technology (4th ed.).  Bloomington, IN: Association of Educational Communications and Technology, 617-626.
  • Magolis, D., & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2013). Idealized Visions from Outside:  Homeless perspectives on school change. International Journal of Educational Reform., 22(3).
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2012).  Power expertism, and the practice of instructional design: Empowering the users.  In G. Anglin (Ed.). Instructional Technology, Past, present and future, 3rd Edition.  Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2012). Bring Back the Boys. Learning and Leading. May 2012, 12-15.
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A. & Carr-Chellman, D.J. (2012). Introduction to Special issue on Technology Neutrality, Ethics, Values, and Human Social Systems. Educational Technology Magazine.
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A. & Carr-Chellman, D.J.. (2011).  Mr. Jones’s E-Z Elixir: Marketing higher education on the web19. In Instructional Technology: Past, present and future 3rd. Edition, Anglin G. (Ed.). Libraries Unlimited: Santa Barbara, CA.
  • Pastore, R.S., Carr-Chellman, A.A. & Lohman, N. (2011).  User Design:  A Case Study on Corporate Change.  Performance Improvement Quarterly, 23 (4), 27-48.
  • Beabout, B., Stokes, H., Polyzoi, E. & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2011).  Social upheaval and school reform:  Opportunity or obstacle?  International Journal of Educational Reform, 20 (1), 57-82.
  • Pastore, R. & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2010). Motivation for residential students to participate in online courses. Accepted by Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 3.
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A., Almeida, L,  Beabout, B., Gursoy, H. (2009).  Idealized visions from behind bars: Prisoners’ perspectives on school change. International Journal of Educational Reform.
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A. & Sockman, B. (2009).  Selecting Silicon: Why parents choose online charter schools. Tech Trends, 53 (4), 32-36.
  • Marsh, R. & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2009).  Show me the Money: Funding Cyber Charters in Pennsylvania. Submitted to Tech Trends for special issue. Tech Trends, 53 (4), 49-55.
  • Beabout, B. & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2008).  Ch. 46: Change Agentry. In Merrill, M.D. (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology. Mawah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 619-631.
  • Beabout, B. R., Carr-Chellman, A.A., Alkandari, K. A., Almeida, L. C., Gursoy, H. T., Ma, Z., Pastore, R. (2008). The perceptions of New Orleans educators on the process of rebuilding the New Orleans school system after Katrina. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk.
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A., Beabout, B., Alkandari, K.A.,Almeida, L.C., Gursoy, H.T., Ma, Z., Modak, R.S., Pastore, R.S. (2008) Change in Chaos: Seven lessons learned from Katrina. Educational Horizons,87 (1) 26-39.
  • Reigeluth, C.M., Carr-Chellman, A.A.,, Beabout, B.B., Watson, W. (2007). Creating shared visions of the future for K-12 Education — a systemic transformation process for a learner-centered paradigm.  The Journal of Educational Alternatives, 3 (1), 34-51.
  • Carr-Chellman, D.J., & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2007). Prometheus unbound: Technology and the spiritual marketplace in education. In Robert Muffaletto & Julie Horton (Eds.). Multicultural Education, the Internet, and the New Media. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. (pp. 23-37).
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A, Gursoy, H., Almeida, L., Beabout, B. (2007). Research apprenticeships: A report on a model graduate program in Instructional Systems. British Journal of Educational Technology, 38, (4), 637-655.
  • Carr-Chellman, A.A. User-design in Instructional Design. (2007). Educational Technology Magazine., July/August 2007, 41-43.


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Mailing Address:
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3082

Phone: 208-885-6587

Fax: 208-885-1071