Dorothy Valcarcel Craig

Dr. Craig is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership at Middle Tennessee State University. She began teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in 1996, and was awarded full professorship in 2006. She currently teaches online courses and serves as the program director for the Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Technology and Curriculum Design. Before teaching at MTSU, Dr. Craig was a graduate teaching assistant in Reading at East Carolina University. Upon completing her master’s, Dr. Craig was a classroom teacher with Pitt County Schools in North Carolina for six years. During that time, she taught kindergarten through sixth grade as well as English as a Second Language to migrant populations in urban and rural classroom settings. Dr. Craig also served as the systems operator for the school’s IBM Writing to Read program. Dr. Craig moved to the central office to serve as a curriculum writer in 1995.

Dr. Craig received the Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award from the Middle Tennessee State University Foundation in 2007. She served as principle investigator for the ESL Enterprise Project Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education from 2002 until 2007. Dr. Craig was awarded a Tennessee 21st Century Technology Classroom in 1993 and was named Teacher of the Year for Pitt County Schools in 1990. Dr. Craig’s publications have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Childhood Education, Higher LearningIllinois Libraries, International Journal of the Book, International Journal of Learning, Journal of the Arts in Society, Journal of Educational Technology Systems, Journal of Elementary Science Education, Leading and Learning with Technology, Science and Children, Teacher Librarian, Tennessee’s Business, Tennessee Educational Leadership, TN TESOL Newsletter, and Work-Based Learning in Primary Care. Dr. Craig serves on the editorial board of the newly developed TN TESOL Journal.

Dr. Craig’s current research endeavors and IRB-approved research projects include iPods and literacy, e-Learning, views and perceptions of online learning, MySpace and social networking, views and perceptions of immigration, and action research processes.

At JIU, Dr. Craig also serves as a course developer and Dissertation Advisor.