Dr. Jennifer Ellis has a diverse educational and professional background; she has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tuskegee University, a M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, specializing in science education and educational technology, from Louisiana State University. Dr. Ellis has worked as an explosive engineer for the U.S. Army, a Computer Applications and Web Design teacher for Hamilton County, and most recently, served the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) as a senior instructional designer with the Walker Teaching Resource Center. In her last role, she designed, implemented, and managed a variety of programs to improve UTC faculty teaching and technology skills related to online and distance education, and taught faculty how to effectively integrate and utilize educational and administrative technology. Dr. Ellis brings this experience to the Learning and Leadership doctoral program at UTC, and plans to continue her research efforts on assessing the effectiveness of faculty teaching and learning practices and technology integration in improving student learning. Dr. Ellis also focuses her research efforts on enhancing STEM teaching, learning, and assessment via effective educational technology integration.
Dr. Ellis also teaches in the Instructional Leadership program in the educational technology concentration at UTC, and serves as a Faculty Associate for the Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (COTELCO), a joint social science research center at American University and Syracuse University. She serves as the co-chair of the Faculty Evaluation Committee for the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). Dr. Ellis is a board member of Girls, Inc. and UTeaChattanooga, and is involved in other community and civic organizations.