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Joyce Pittman Drexel University School of Education
Professor Emerita

Joyce Pittman, PhD


PhD, Iowa State University of Science and Technology
MS, Chicago State University
BS, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Program Affiliation

MS, Higher Education
EdD, Educational Leadership & Management
Articles - Referred and Juried Journals:
  • Pittman, J. (2008). Meeting the diverse needs of learners with technology. Didactics World. Pandula, R.H. & Hisham, W. (Eds). Featured article. Houston, TX. Available:
  • Pittman, J. (2007). Converging instructional technology and critical intercultural pedagogy in teacher education. Multicultural Education & Technology Journal. 1 (4). 200-221.Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Davis, T., Fuller, M., Jackson, S., Pittman, J., & Sweet, J. (2007). A National Consideration of Digital Equity. Washington, D.C.: International Society in Education. Available:
  • Rutz, E., V. Elkins, J. Pittman, M. Rabiee, & R. Miller (2006). Efficacy of technology-enabled content in engineering science curriculum: A study about the impact of learning styles in virtual learning environments. Journal of Engineering Education.
  • Pittman, J. (2006). Beyond web learning technologies: Towards a unified cultural convergence theoretical framework (u-cct) to connect instructional technology and critical intercultural pedagogy in teacher education. CITE Online Journal (Spring 2005 issue, available:
  • Pittman, J. (2003). Preparing teachers to use technology with young children in classrooms. Information Technology in Early Childhood Education Annual Journal (2003), 261-288.
  • Pittman, J. (2002). Building cognitive literacy skills part 2: What preservice teachers need to know and be able to do to learn new technologies. Journal of Research on Computing in Teacher Education. (34) 4, 375- 388.
Books and Chapters:
  • Pittman, J., Mclaughlin, B. & Bracey-Sutton, B. (2008). Chapter 4: Critical success factors in moving towards digital equity. International Handbook of Information Technology in Primary and Secondary Education. A UNESCO Project. Springer Publications.
  • Pittman, J. (2007). Innovations in Education: Connecting Students to Advanced Courses Online U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement. In Connecting Students to Advanced Courses Online, Washington, D.C., 2007. Available: connecting-students-to-advanced-courses-online.html
  • Pittman, J. (2006). Preserving human foundations of education in technology environments. In Benton, J. & P. Swami (Eds.) Creating cultures of peace: Pedagogical thought and practice. Mawah, New Jersey. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Publishers.
  • Pittman, J. (2003). Restructuring teacher education: Building a theoretical base for an effective professional development model. In Fitzgerald, MA, Orey, M. & Branch R.M. (Eds.) Educational Media and Technology Yearbook 2003. Westport, CT. Libraries Unlimited Member of Greenwood Publishing Group.
  • Pittman, J. (2003). Empowering individuals, schools, and communities. In Solomon, G., Allen, N., & Resta, P. (Eds.). Toward digital equity: Bridging the divide in education. New York: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Staples, A., & Pittman, J. (2003). Building inclusive learning communities. In Solomon, G., Allen, N., & Resta, P. (Eds.), Toward Digital Equity: Bridging the divide in education. New York: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Educational and digital equity
  • Online learning pedagogy
  • Learning styles
  • Educational reform, policies and practices/teacher education
  • Instructional technology
  • Clinical Professor and Education Doctorate Advisor Educational Leadership and Management, Goodwin College of Professional Studies, Drexel University
  • High Education Curriculum Consultant/Associate Professor, Qatar University
  • Director, Office of Vice Provost & Chief Academic Officer, Ministry of Higher Education, Center for Teaching and Learning Technology, Government of Al Ain – United Arab Emirates University
  • Acting Chair, College of Education/Assistant/Graduate Professor – Abu Dhabi University
  • Implementation R&D Coordinator – Celt Corporation, Dubai
  • Doctoral Professor/Chair, Instructional Technology and Distance Education (ITDE) - Nova Southeastern University, Orlando, Fla.
  • Assistant Professor and Executive Director, CERTI (Comprehensive Educational Restructuring Technology Infusion Initiative) Project/Assistant Professor (Human Services & Criminal Justice) – University of Cincinnati & U.S. Department of Education
  • Graduate Teaching & Research Associate – Iowa State University of Science & Technology
  • Director, Center for Occupational & Professional Assessments – Educational Testing Service, Princeton.
  • Consultant/Reviewer/Research Fellow/Advisor/Reviewer/Co-Chair, various grant programs serving K-16 education
  • Expert Witness for U.S. Department of Education
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE Board of Directors)
  • Director of the Ed.D. Program in Harrisburg, PA

Career Highlights

  • Designed and implemented a strategic plan to restructure the center by modernizing the operations, updating staff and redesigning training curriculum – training opportunities and faculty participation increased 80 percent
  • Restructured a teacher education program by creating a national model for teacher training and a new doctoral program in education and knowledge technology that was a primary factor in getting the University of Cincinnati’s education programs accredited
  • Provided leadership that helped faculty understand and adopt emerging technologies that improved instruction for more than 5,000 pre-service teachers
  • Co-directed six research teams in the United Arab Emirates to conduct a needs assessment for school reform and produced a report – Technology in Education Blueprint – with recommendations, that are now being implemented to redesign schools in the UAE and retrain thousands of teachers
  • Co-wrote the national education technology standards that are now adopted by the U.S. Department of Education and are required for accreditation for teacher education curriculum programs seeking national accreditation – standards have been adopted by all 50 states for gauging technology integration in K-12 schools
  • Produced grant proposals that resulted in more than $30 million in funding for research and development for various colleges and universities
  • Employed a systematic TQM model of management and training using Lewin’s Change Management Model Concepts of Understanding the Three Stages of Change and Roger’s Theory of Innovations and Adoption – collaborated with a faculty advisory committee that served as the voice of the faculty to ensure concerns were being addressed

Education Grants & Funded Proposals:

  • Pittman, J. (2006). CELT Corporation. UAE Education Reform Project consulting grant. $110K.
  • Pittman, J. (2004). Theory to Practice. National Education Association. Pedagogy proposal. 2K Pittman, J. (2004). Principal. Institute of Education Sciences. Technology and Literacy Study proposal. U.S.
  • Department of Education. $1.2M
  • Pittman, J. (2004). Principal. Preparing Tomorrow’s Teacher’s Program. Aligning Curriculum & Technology proposal (ACT-NET). U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. $2.7M
  • Pittman, J. (2003-2004). Co-Principal (Rutz, E. & Elkins, V.). Technology-Enabled Content in Engineering Science Curriculum. National Science Foundation. Funded $150K.
  • Pittman, J. (2004). Co-Principal (Rutz) Bridges Across Engineering. Technology-Enabled Content in Engineering Simulations for Science Curriculum (Advanced Placement). National Science Foundation proposal. $75K.

Editorial Boards, Committees, & Review Teams:

  • Pittman, J. (2003-2008-present). Editorial Board Member. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education. The Official Journal of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). Published Quarterly by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Refereed.
  • Pittman, J. (2003-2005). Publications Committee and Board Member. Journal of Research on Technology in Education. The International Society for Technology. The premier research for the field of instructional technology and education. A quarterly research journal of original research and detailed system and project evaluations. Refereed.
  • Pittman, J. (2004). American Educational Research Association. Invited Full Reviewer for AERA 2005 Conference in Montreal.
  • Pittman, J. (2004). American Educational Research Association. AERA 2005 Conference in Montreal. Invited to serve as session discussant.


  • 2003-2005 – George Lucas Educational Foundation. Faculty Associate and Advisory Board. Appointed by George Lucas, President and Founder, and Milton Chen, Executive Director.
  • 2003 –2005 – International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Elected to Board of Directors via an international election by the membership. ISTE has over 15,000 members and is growing.
  • 2003 – 2004 – The University Of Cincinnati Libraries Authors, Editors, and Composers Award.
  • 2002-2004 – The College of Education Publications and Presentation Awards
  • 2002 – National Award, MOBE 2002 Honoree. Minorities Opportunities and Business Enterprises. First Award ever honoring Educational Leaders in Internet-based Education to Close the Digital Divide
  • 2002 – University of Cincinnati “Authors, Editors & Composers 2002” Honoree
  • 2001 – Outstanding PT3 2000 Grantee by national PR firm Fleishman and Hilliard (video and raw footage available).
  • 2001 – University of Cincinnati College of Education Dean’s Outstanding Service Award
  • 2001 – University of Cincinnati Homecoming Event Outstanding Faculty Recognition 2001 (video presentation at the game)
  • 2001 – Outstanding Contribution to the University of Cincinnati Research Standing – Howard Jackson, Vice Provost of Research and Development 2002 [UC Currents article and feature article in Provostal Research Journal]
  • 1999 – U.S. Congressional Award for Outstanding Academic and Research Performance in Education. U.S. Congressional Office and Office of Congressman Jay Dickey, Arkansas.
  • 1999 – Academic Achievement Award, Iowa State University
  • 1998 – National Scholar for Research 1998-99, National Consortium of College and University Media Centers 1998 – Research Fellow, Center for Technology in Education, Johns Hopkins University
  • 1995 – Best of the Best Science Award and Hands Across Baltimore Community Partnership Award, Mayor and City Council of Baltimore
  • 1984 – 1996 Over 25 awards of excellence for revenue earnings and top quality performance from ETS and Sylvan
Joyce Pittman joined Drexel in 2010 as a clinical professor of educational leadership, curriculum and instructional design and a consultant to educational reform efforts in the United States and overseas. Dr. Pittman’s 35-year career in education has ranged from high school business teacher to franchise consultant for the Sylvan Learning Systems to roles in teacher educator development, digital education and leadership issues in the United States and abroad. She has directed her global education reform and research efforts, which are as diverse as leading research teams for computerizing the Praxis teachers’ test at Educational Testing Service to writing ISTE technology standards to guide teacher education programs, to preparing veteran educators to incorporate ubiquitous technologies in online environments. Currently, she holds a state-level position with the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) as Chair, Research and Development Committee where I get to interact with school leaders, teachers, administrators and policymakers.

Joyce has extensive experience advising educational authorities domestically and overseas on leveraging digital technology to help educators and learners perform beyond their perceived abilities and limits. In 2006, she directed research teams in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), held high-level positions in higher education and co-produced a plan to redesign schools and retrain teachers. She has published widely in books and journals including: “Critical Success Factors in Moving Towards Digital Equity,” “International Handbook of Information Technology in Primary and Secondary Education,” “Preserving Human Foundations of Education in Technology Environments,” and “Connecting Students to Advanced Courses Online,” U.S. Department of Education. Currently my research interest is focused creating equitable learning opportunities for immigrants and minority students in secondary, post-secondary and in the community by improving teacher training and professional development.

In her personal time, “Dr. Joyce” enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading poetry, dancing and traveling.