Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences
According to the self-study report, The Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences Department began in 1966 as the Department of Instructional Media and Library Science. Faculty were gradually added on full and part-time bases and shared with other programs in the College of Education and University. In the late 1960's-early 1970's, the program focused mainly on the preparation of public school library/media specialists. Starting in the mid-1970's and continuing to the present, the emphasis was broadened to include applications in business, industry, academia, and government. Increases in the number of both faculty and students, as well as increased national visibility and prominence in the field of Instructional Technology, accompanied these shifts under their long-time department head, Dr. Don Smellie.
With his retirement in 1999, the transition from quarters to semesters, and the recent appointment of a new permanent department head, the timing is good to gauge progress, assess needs, and act strategically to ensure the program's continued excellence.