Michele Estes, Ph.D.

Michele D. Estes, Ph. D., is an Associate Professor in the Learning, Technology and Leadership Education department at James Madison University (JMU). She and her graduate students explore a range of concepts found in the research, theory and practice of the field of Educational Technology. Dr. Estes has a history of engaging students in socially-responsible research topics, community service, and case studies that present issues of access, meaningful engagement, equity, and innovation. Her students come from, and after graduation return to, any workplace where teaching and learning with technologies is valued. The inherent, diverse perspectives in these courses offer important opportunities for cross-disciplinary dialogue and critical reflection.

As an international collaborator, Dr. Estes works regularly with experts from a wide range of disciplines and contexts, particularly in the area of sustainability. For example, as a member of the Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self initiative (see http://www.jmu.edu/summitseries ), she created the https://SummitX.org website to facilitate online communication and collaboration among 30, international working teams of sustainability experts. As an ESD Innovate partner (see http://esdinnovate.org ) Dr. Estes contributes to the design of open, online and collaborative courses; and her online expertise has helped reduce the carbon footprint for annual, international activities. At her institution, and through an American Council on Education grant project, Dr. Estes collaborates with partners in the U. S. and Japan, on Collaborative Online International Learning, or COIL. In this role she partners with faculty and administrators to design online course modules and lessons that foster intercultural awareness and competence.

On a more personal note, Dr. Estes is married to a fellow educator and together they have two sons and two small dogs. They live in the Shenandoah Valley in the internationally diverse, and “Friendly City” of Harrisonburg, Virginia.