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Trena Paulus, Ph.D.

Associate Professor: Instructional Technology, Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research, & LEEDS


Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. 2003. Instructional Systems Technology and Computer-mediated Communication.

M.S. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. 2001. Instructional Systems Technology

M.A. Ohio University, Athens, OH. 1997. Applied Linguistics (TESL/TEFL focus.)

B.A. Franklin College, Franklin, IN. 1991. English, Philosophy and History.

Research Interests

Computer-mediated communication, qualitative inquiry methodologies, technology integration in higher education, online/blended collaborative learning environments.

Recent Publications

Paulus, T., Phipps, G., Harrison, J. & Varga, M.A. (In press). Re-envisioning instructional technology research in higher education environments: A content analysis of a grant program. Journal of Computing in Higher Education.

Lester, J. & Paulus, T. (2012). Performative acts of autism. Discourse & Society 23(3), 259-273.

Lester, J. & Paulus, T. (2011). Accountability and public displays of knowing in an undergraduate computer-mediated communication context. Discourse  Studies 13(6), 671-686.

Myers, C.R., Wyatt, T.H., Mixer, S.J., Paulus, T.M., & Lee, D.S. (2011). Making the move to blended learning: Reflections on a faculty development program. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship 8(1), Article 20.  DOI: 10.2202/1548-923X.2243.

Lee, D., Paulus, T., Loboda, I., Phipps, G., Wyatt, T., Myers, C. & Mixer, S. (2010). Instructional design portfolio: A faculty development program for nurse educators learning to teach online. TechTrends 54(6), 20-28.

Halic, O., Lee, D., Paulus, T., & Spence, M. (2010). To blog or not to blog: Student perceptions of blog effectiveness for learning in an undergraduate course. Internet and Higher Education 13, 206-213.

Arnold, N. & Paulus, T. (2010). Using a social networking site for experiential learning: Lurking, modeling and community building. Internet and Higher Education 13,188-196.

Paulus, T.M., Woodside, M., & Ziegler, M.F. (2010). “I tell you, it’s a journey, isn’t it?” Understanding collaborative meaning-making in qualitative research. Qualitative Inquiry 16(10), 852-862.

Courses taught

EP559: Introduction to qualitative research in education
EP669: Advanced qualitative research in education
EP604: Digital tools in qualitative research
EP631: Discourse analysis in educational environments
EP633: Discursive psychology
IT532: Evaluating online learning environments
IT632: Online learning environments

Professional memberships

American Educational Research Association
International Society of the Learning Sciences

Editorial responsibilities

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Journal of Computing in Higher Education

Personal interests and hobbies

Anything outside, especially in the mountains.

Updated 9/25/2012

Trena Paulus Contact Information

1122 Volunteer Boulevard
515 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex
Knoxville, TN 37996-3452

Phone: 865-974-8144
Fax: 865-974-0135
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Contact EPC

535 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3452

Phone: 865-974-8145
Fax: 865-974-0135