Skip to main content


Alison A. Carr-Chellman, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Education and Health Sciences

Full-Time Faculty

School of Education and Health Sciences: Office of the Dean


Email: Alison Carr-Chellman, Ph.D.
Phone: 937-229-3557
Raymond L. Fitz Hall, Room 618M


  • Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • M.S. in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation, Syracuse University
  • B.S. in Elementary Education, Syracuse University

Licensures & Certifications

  • Cornell Certificate for Conflict Resolution

Professional Activities

  • Educational Technology Research & Development (ETRD) editorial board
  • Tech Trends reviewer, E-Learn Magazine, former EIC, currently on editorial board
  • Journal of Research on Technology in Education (JRTE) editorial board
  • Quality Matters, K-12 Strategy Committee
  • Rural Schools Multi-State Initiative, Advisory Board
  • The National Athletic and Professional Success Academy, Advisory Board.

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
  • Council of Academic Deans from Research Institutions (CADREI)
  • American Association of Educational Research (AERA)


  • Learning with Technology: Doceo Center, Ali Carr-Chellman, PI, 2017-2020. $3,047,408.00
  • Idaho Building Capacity Project, Ali Carr-Chellman, PI, 2017-2020. $2,403,094.

Awards & Honors

  • Jonassen Award for Outstanding Research  
  • Outstanding Book Award (2017), Design & Development. For Carr-Chellman, A.A., Rowland, G.  (Eds.), (2017). Classic Dialogues: Exploring the Field of Educational Technology.  Routledge.
  • 2015 Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Research and Theory Division Outstanding Book Award for Instructional Design for Teachers.
  • 2014 Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Distinguished Development Award for work in applications of gaming and Instructional Design to classrooms as leverage points to systemically transform schools. 
  • James W. Brown Publication Award for Instructional-design theory, vol. III:  Building a common knowledge base. (2009) Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.  
  • Winner AERA SIG for Systems Thinking in Education “Outstanding Publication Award for Established Scholar.” For book chapter, Creating Shared Visions of the Future for K-12 Education.

Research Interests

  • Gender and gaming
  • Technology impact on learning
  • Learning sciences
  • Educational technology
  • Innovation and change
  • E-learning
  • Instructional design
  • Systemic thinking
  • Negentropy

Selected Publications

Carr-Chellman, A.A., Freeman, S., & Kitchel, A. (accepted). Negentropic faculty work: A theoretical application of Chaos theory to University Organizations.  Journal of Higher Education Management.

Carr-Chellman, A.A., Raney, T., Campbell, D. (accepted). Gem state inequalities: Examining the recent history of Idaho public school funding through Kozol’s lens.  Journal of Education Finance.Carr-Chellman, A.A., Kitchel, A., & Freeman, S. (2020). Negentropy: Energy creating tools for organizational development. Tech Trends, 64 (2), 275-179.

Carr-Chellman, D.J., & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2020). Integrating systems: The history of systems from von Bertalanffy to profound learning.  Tech Trends.

Carr, A.A., Raney, T., Campbell, D. (2019). Rural funding inequities: The case of Idaho’s public schools. Kappan Online. Retrieved from:

Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2019). Games to learn: An update from 2010. Issues and Trends in Educational Technology (ITET), 7 (1), 34-44.

Engerman, J.A., MacAllan, M. & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2019).  Understanding learning in video games: A phenomenological approach to unpacking boy cultures in virtual worlds. Education and Information Technologies (EIT). 1-17. DOI: 10.1007/s10639-019-09930-2.

Gregg, A., Bergg, P., Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2019).  Changing the narrative: New directions in online retention. e-Learn Magazine. Retrieved from: 

Scroth, S., Tang, H., AlQahtani, M. and Carr-Chellman, A. (2019). An exploratory study of Osmo tangram and tangram manipulative in an elementary mathematics classroom.  Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange (JETDE) 11 (1), 1-11.

Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2018). Going to school doesn’t qualify: The uses of education experts in mass media reporting through the lens of the DeVos hearings. EJournal of Education Policy. Fall 2018. Retrieved from:

Engerman, J.A., MacAllan, M, & Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2018).  Games for boys: A qualitative study of experiences with commercial off the shelf gaming.  Educational Technology Research and Development, 66 (2), 313-339.

Selected Presentations

TED Talk: Bring Back the Boys: Gaming to Re-engage boys in their own learning.  Global January 2011. More than 1,000,000 views.