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UGA’s Spector reelected as editor of top educational technology research journal

Athens, Ga. – J. Michael Spector, a professor in the University of Georgia’s College of Education, has been reelected for a fourth three-year term as development editor of the top-rated journal in the field of instructional design and technology.
Educational Technology Research and Development is a bi-monthly publication of the Association for Educational Communications & Technology and is published by Springer. It is the only scholarly journal in the field focusing entirely on research and development in educational technology. Spector’s new term will begin Jan. 1, 2012.

Spector is a professor of educational psychology and instructional technology and a research scientist in the college’s learning and performance support laboratory. He is immediate past-president of AECT.

The journal has two primary editors, one for research and another for development. UGA colleague Michael Hannafin, the Charles H. Wheatley Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Technology-Enhanced Learning and director of the learning and performance support laboratory, is editor of the research section, and Spector is editor of the development section.

“Serving as development editor for Educational Technology Research and Development continues to be one of my most rewarding professional experiences,” said Spector. “This journal draws a wide range of contributions from all over the world. We have an excellent editorial board and outstanding reviewers from whom I constantly learn. It is an honor and a pleasure that I highly value.”

Each issue includes book reviews, international reviews and research abstracts. Manuscripts undergo a blind review process involving a panel of three.

The respective editorial boards, which consist of leading international scholars in the areas of instructional design and educational technology research, elect the editors.

Prior to joining the UGA faculty in 2009, Spector served as associate director of the Learning Systems Institute, professor of Instructional Systems and principal investigator for the International Center for Learning, Education and Performance Systems at Florida State University.

His recent research is in the areas of intelligent support for instructional design, system dynamics based learning environments, assessing learning in complex domains, distance learning and technology integration in education.

Spector served on the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction as executive vice president. He is on the Executive Committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Learning Technology Task Force.

He co-edited the third edition of the Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology and has more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and books to his credit.

Spector earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas and a B.S. in international affairs from the United States Air Force Academy.

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