From Enterprise Staff
Dr. Tonia Dousay has been selected as the new director for the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) School of Education (SoE). Dousay previously served as the associate dean of assessment and accreditation for the University of Idaho’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Dousay is a 1994 graduate of Livingston High School and the daughter of Roger and Ruth Dousay.
Dousay earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in agricultural education from Texas A&M University. She received her Ph.D. in learning, design and technology from the University of Georgia in 2013. She began her academic career as an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming. Prior to her career in higher education, Dousay was an instructional designer and eLearning manager for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.
Dousay’s work in higher education focuses on empowering learners and fostering interdisciplinary collaborations. Under the Obama Administration, she contributed to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed). She received the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Award for Advocacy in 2016 due to her work with makerspace education. During the COVID pandemic, Dousay and her research team acted swiftly to design and implement virtual field camps using Minecraft and industry software to facilitate on-time graduation for geology majors from four different universities.
“I have dedicated my career to serving public education, supporting teacher preparation and quality learning design. It is an honor to continue this mission and serve the state of Alaska in this capacity,” Dousay said. “I am excited to hear and amplify the stories of innovative practice and help the UAA SoE expand their program offerings within and beyond initial and advanced K-12 teacher licensure.”
University of Alaska System President Pat Pitney referred to Dousay’s hire on Twitter as “Major momentum for our schools of education.”