|David Lewis 2014|
I have lived all over the U.S., but spent my early years in the south. I would have to call Birmingham Alabama my hometown since my family is there. This is where I grew up, but I completed my bachelor's in Mobile. I received a B.S in Biology at the University of South Alabama but that was many years ago. I have moved on to bigger and better things!
As a college student I dreamed of writing textbooks. So following my graduation, I was lucky, and was able to move to San Diego, California. There I entered SDSU's Educational Technology program. My timing was perfect! The internet "happened" ...well it became something of a real phenomenon. As a graduate student, I found textbooks were just the beginning, since multimedia and distance learning were new and evolving fields. While there, I was very lucky to have worked with several good people, Bernie Dodge, Alison Rossett, Fred Saba, Donn Ritchie and many others. They got me started.
After I finished my Master's degree, I left San Diego and moved to Tampa, where I got my Ph.D. in Instructional Technology, at the University of South Florida. As a doctoral student I was very lucky to have worked with Lou Carey and Ann Barron.
While I was at USF, I worked full time as a Network Administrator and then as an Instructional Designer, all the while plodding along, and writing my dissertation. I truly enjoyed the dissertation process. Mine was interesting, since I concentrated on Sweller's cognitive load theory and its applications to the design of web-based multimedia.
After graduating with my PhD, I was invited to Washington D.C., to serve at the National Science Foundation (NSF), first as their Assistant Director of Instructional Technology, and then later as Instructional Technology Officer. After that I spent a few years in Miami, as an Instructional Technology and Distance Education Professor, at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). As a faculty person I learned that I really wanted to help faculty to do what they do. So after much thought I decided to change career paths and go back into faculty development. It was an easy decision, since I had served as an Instructional Designer for 15 year+, it had become who I really was.
Now I think I'm ready to stop moving around and stay in my favorite state - Florida! Currently I am serving as a Sr. Programs Manager at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, in the Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery... doing what I love, supporting faculty and making distance learning happen!