|George Siemens, Ph.D. | Executive Director
Dr. Siemens is an internationally renowned author, researcher, and theorist in the field of learning, knowledge management, and technology. Prior to his move to the United States, he was Associate Director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University and Associate Director of Research and Development at the Learning Technologies Centre of the University of Manitoba. He has organized and presented numerous open online courses including two entitled Connectivism and Connective Knowledge. He is a highly sought consultant and keynote presenter, having shared his expertise in over 30 countries. Dr. Siemens holds a doctorate from the University of Aberdeen and a Master of Arts in Distributed Learning (Leadership and Technology) from Royal Roads University. Dr. Siemens oversees all LINK research projects.
|T. Lisa Berry | Director
As an administrator, researcher, and educator, Lisa’s focus is to remove barriers and create opportunities for all students to excel both academically and professionally. Lisa serves as the administrative co-leader of the CIRTL-UTA program (part of the NSF-funded Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning – CIRTL) whose mission is to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners. Her broad research interest is Feminist Epistemology, specifically how knowledge is shaped, transmitted, and acquired through teaching and learning. She is currently involved in several teaching and learning projects spanning the K-20 environment including completing the dissertation phase of her doctorate degree examining how discourse and structures impact the higher education learning environment in STEM classrooms. LINK Research Projects: CIRTL
|Justin T. Dellinger | Associate Director
Prior to his current position, Justin worked as the Research Coordinator for the LINK Research Lab where he served as the project manager for learning innovation grants, event coordinator, and professional learning community facilitator. He also has a background as an instructional designer in the Center for Distance Education at UT Arlington. Justin has experience teaching in both secondary and higher education, and is currently working on his K16 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies doctorate at UT Arlington. He also earned his Master of Arts from UT Arlington in History. His current research focuses on digital pedagogy, multiple-pathways learning, online course design frameworks, and 18th-century Colonial Louisiana utilizing transatlantic, cartographic, and digital history approaches. LINK Research Projects: dLRN
|Matt Crosslin, Ph.D. | Learning Innovation Coordinator
Matt is a researcher with a focus on Learning Theory, Innovation, and learner empowerment. Matt holds a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas, a Master of Education in Educational Technology from UT Brownsville, and a Bachelors of Science in Education from Baylor University. His research interests include instructional design, learning pathways, sociocultural theory, heutagogy, virtual reality, and open networked learning. He has a background in instructional design and teaching at both the secondary and university levels and has been an active blogger and conference presenter. He also enjoys networking and collaborative efforts involving faculty, students, administration, and anyone involved in the education process. Before coming to UTA, he worked in innovative learning centers as well as forward thinking education companies that looked to expand the limits of formal and informal learning.
|Amber Patterson | Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Amber hails from Augusta, Georgia and has joined LINK as the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator. She holds both a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and master’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Alabama (ROLL TIDE!). Amber has experience working in the K-12 public school system along with some experience working within a variety of public relations agencies. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and news junkie.
|Holly Zander | Administrative Assistant
Ms. Zander joins the LINK Lab team as an Administrative Assistant, coming from Arkansas Tech University, where she served as a Registrar’s Assistant. She has prior experience in records management, course scheduling, transcript evaluations, and working directly with students to serve their needs. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, focusing on Management and Marketing.