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Raymond A. Dixon, Ph.D.

Full Professor


ED 405



Mailing Address

875 Perimeter Drive MS 3080
Moscow, ID 83844-3080

  • Ph.D. Human Resource Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL. Concentration- Human Resource Development /Engineering and Technology Education, 2010
  • MSc. Technology: Illinois State University, Normal IL. Concentration- Project management/Training and Development, 2004
  • BEd: Industrial Technology
  • University of Technology, Jamaica. Concentration- Mechanical Technology, 2001

  • National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Innovation Award. Presented to CEDA for Collaborative work in manufacturing workforce development 2016
  • Outstanding Assistant Professor Award by the Board of the University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education (UCWHRE) 2015
  • CEDA Recognition Award for leadership in improving the region’s understanding of manufacturing skills needed for the future economic growth 2015
  • Member of the Career and Technical Education graduate program advisory committee Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, University of technology, Jamaica 2014
  • Nominated and voted as a member of the Mississippi Valley Technology Teacher Education Conference 2013
  • ITEEA/FTTE/CTETE Leadership Academy award of completion 2012
  • Fellow: CTETE, FTTE, ITEEA leadership academy, 2011-2012
  • Fellow: National Center for Engineering and Technology Education 2007-2011
  • Schoff’s Travel award, ASEE- Engineering Graphics Division 2011
  • Caterpillar Scholarship for Excellence in Human Resource Development: University of Illinois- Department of Human Resource Education 2009
  • Tomblinson Award for Excellence in Technical and Vocational Education: University of Illinois-Department of Human Resource Education 2008
  • Instructor of the Year Award- National Tool and Engineering Institute 1999
  • Halston Limited Award for excellence in Industrial Technology University of Technology, Jamaica 1996
  • Cement Company Award for Excellence University of technology, Jamaica 1996

Raymond Dixon graduated from the University of Technology, Jamaica, with a diploma in mechanical technology and bachelor's of education in industrial technology. He taught engineering technology at the Dinthill Technology High School and worked as a maintenance engineer at the Ministry of Health in Jamaica. He later joined the national training agency as an instructor at the National Tool and Engineering Institute. While there he taught maintenance and mechanical technology, designed and delivered numerous training programs for industry. He received a Training of Trainers certificate from India in 2000 and was awarded instructor of the year at NTEI the following year. He later served as head of department, deputy manager, and technical coordinator for the National Tool and Engineering Institute.

After completing his master’s degree in industrial technology at Illinois State University, he taught for three years at the School of Technical and Vocational Education, University of Technology, Jamaica. Dixon became a fellow of the National Center for Engineering and Technology Education (NCETE) and completed his doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Before joining the University of Idaho, Dixon worked as a research coordinator at the Center for Mathematics Science and Technology (CeMaST), Illinois State University.

Since joining the University of Idaho, Dixon has developed competency research charts for several job areas that are critical for economic growth in north central Idaho. He has participated in funded projects amounting to over 2 million dollars.

  • Design Cognition

  • STEM Integration and Workforce Education and Development

  • CoPI - NSF ATE Award “Technical Career Pathways for Rural Manufacturing: Using a Sector Approach to Support the Northwest Intermountain Metal Manufacturers (NIMM):  2017 – Present

  • Senior Personnel - NSF ITEST Award “Building STEM Identity and Career Interests in Native American Students By Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Remote Sensing Technologies": 2016 – 2019

  • PI - CEDA Award “Identification of the Critical Occupations for the Northwest Intermountain Metal Manufacturer Supercluster”: 2013

  • Co-PI, Creating a Regional Workforce for Rural Manufacturing. NSF Award No. 1104078. (2011-2014). Northwestern ID, USA. A collaborative effort between NIMA, CEDA, LCSC and University of Idaho College of Education to train technology education, math, and science teachers in the use of a solid modeling software for teaching design

  • Transfer of Learning: Connecting concepts during problem solving. Location (Normal, Illinois, USA). Examined the extent to which students who have done the PLTW curriculum are able to connect concept learned from the curriculum to concepts used in the solving of well-structured and design problems.

  • Daugherty, J., Dixon, R. A., & Merrill, C. (under review). Research evidence of the impact of engineering design on technology and Engineering Education Students. Journal of Technology Education.
  • Hutton, D., & Dixon, R. A. (2016). Technical vocational education and training (TVET) and its integration into general education at the university level, Caribbean Curriculum, 24. 1-26
  • Dixon, R. A., & Hutton, D. (2016). STEM and TVET in the Caribbean: A Framework for integration at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. Caribbean Curriculum, 24. 100-126
  • Wilhelmsen, C. A., & Dixon, R. A. (2016). Identifying indicators related to constructs for engineering design outcome. Journal of Technology Education, 27(2), 57-77. doi: 10.21061/jte.v27i2.a.4
  • Stricklin, L., Dixon, R. A., & Holyoke, L. (2015). Collaborative partnership to address workforce education in a rural region: A case study. Online Journal for Workforce Education and Development, 8(1), 1-23.
  • Dixon, R. A., & Mayne, H. (2015). Why ‘yuh’ talking to ‘yuhself’? Exploring role identity through conversation analysis. Caribbean Curriculum, 23, 1–22.
  • Dixon, R. A., Stricklin, L, S. (2015). Linking technology education in rural schools in north central Idaho to manufacturing [Special edition]. Journal of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering, 31(1), 2-9.
  • Dixon, R. A., & Lammi, M. (2014). Cognitive mapping techniques: Implications for research in engineering and technology education. Journal of Technology Education, 24(2), 2-17. doi: 10.21061/jte.v25i2.a.1
  • Dixon, R. A., & Stricklin, L. (2014). Lessons learned using the modified DACUM approach to identify duties and tasks for CADD technicians in north central Idaho. Online Journal for Workforce Education and Development, 7(1), 1-14.
  • Dixon, R. A. (2013). Trends and issues in technology education in the USA: Lessons for the Caribbean. Caribbean Curriculum, 21, 47-33.
  • Dixon, R. A., & Brown, R. (2012). Transfer of learning: Connecting concepts during problem solving. Journal of Technology Education, 24(1), 73-89. doi: 10.21061/jte.v24i1.a.1
  • Dixon, R. A., & Johnson, S. D. (2012). The use of executive control processes in engineering design by engineering students and professional engineers. Journal of Technology Education. 24(1), 2-17. doi: 10.21061/jte.v24i1.a.5
  • Daugherty, J., Custer, R. L., Dixon, R. A. (2012). Mapping Concepts for Learning & Assessment. The Technology and Engineering Teacher 71(8), 10-14
  • Dixon, R., & Johnson, S, D. (2011). Experts versus novices: Differences in how mental representations are used in engineering design. Journal of Technology Education 23(1), 47-65
  • Dixon, R. (2011). Cognitive strategies ad selected core thinking skills of an expert and a novice. Journal of STEM Teacher Education 48(1), 1-34
  • Dixon, R. (2009). Encouraging innovation through integrative study and collaboration. Caribbean Journal of Education, 31(1), 89-101


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