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Katherine S. Cennamo



Dr. Katherine Cennamo is a professor of education specializing in Instructional Design and Technology. She earned a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Texas at Austin. To date she has authored or coauthored more than 60 journal articles, book chapters, textbooks, published conference proceedings, and entries in reference works. Dr. Cennamo has also developed more than 100 instructional webpages, software, and videos. She has contributed greatly to the field by presenting at many national and international conferences.

In addition to being actively involved in research and teaching, Dr. Cennamo also engages in service activities. She has held an associate editor position for the Journal of Computers in Math and Science Teaching. She currently reviews manuscripts for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning and Journal of Visual Literacy. She has consulted and conducted workshops for a variety of private and public organizations, such as K-12 schools, Public Broadcasting Services, community colleges, and video production companies. Finally, Dr. Cennamo has garnered numerous honors and awards in recognition of her exemplary professional contributions. She received the XCaliber Team Award and the XCaliber Certificate of Excellence for exemplary contributions to course development using technology. Dr. Cennamo’s contributions through teaching, research, and service enrich the Virginia Tech School of Education community.


Ph.D.  Instructional Technology, University of Texas at Austin, 1989

M.A.  Educational Media, University of Arizona, 1980

B.A.  Elementary Education, Virginia Tech, 1976

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae 

  • EDIT 5564 IT Tools & Methods: Digital Video Production

  • EDIT 5534 Applied Theories of Instructional Design

Instructional design, application of learning theories to instructional products, video-based learning

Dr. Cennamo’s research interests include instructional design, application of learning theories to instructional products, and video-based learning. Recent publications such as a 2009 textbook, Technology integration: A standards-based approach for meaningful learning, further her strong line of inquiry. Publications in Journal of Women in Science and Engineering and International Journal of Problem-based Learning demonstrate continued contributions to the field. Dr. Cennamo’s involvement in grant-funded projects also exemplifies commitment to the field. She has been an author and principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on several federally funded grants. One National Science Foundation (NSF) grant investigated the studio experience as a method for teaching human-computer interaction. Another NSF grant related to gender equity within science fields. Dr. Cennamo’s research and content expertise informs her teaching and graduate advising activities at Virginia Tech. She has taught courses with topics ranging from applied theories of instructional design to instructional tools and methods of digital video production.

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