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UGA College of Education student chosen president-elect of national grad assembly

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia College of Education student Tonia Dousay has been chosen president-elect of the Graduate Student Assembly of the Association for Education Communication and Technology.

Dousay, of Livingston, Texas, a second-year doctoral student in the learning, design and technology program, competed for the GSA position with four other doctoral students from Purdue, Penn State and Georgia Southern universities.

As president-elect, Dousay will assist the current president with planning webinars and student-focused events for the annual convention in Louisville, Ky. in October. At the convention, Dousay will be installed as president and assume the planning process for the following year. She will serve as past-president in her third year.

Dousay is currently serving as past-president of Graduate Researchers of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology. She also is the president of Kappa Delta Pi at UGA. In 2010-11, she served as vice president of UGA’s Instructional Technology Students Association. Dousay’s research focuses on how multimedia design can trigger or maintain learners’ interests. She traveled to Cape Town, South Africa in September 2011 to present a research paper at the Inaugural Conference on Design, Development and Research.

Before pursing her doctorate, Dousay had 10 years of instructional design and eLearning project management experience. She helped draft an agency-wide eLearning initiative for the Texas Engineering Extension Service and spent more than seven years working to advance the agency’s capacities to offer online training. She also has worked with the e-Learning Council and the Texas Distance Learning Association to present conference sessions and webinars on instructional design and creating engaging eLearning courses.

Dousay expects to graduate in May 2013.