Master of Distance Education (MDE)
Dr. Cindy Emmans
Cindy Emmans started her education career as a music teacher in Minnesota and then had the wonderful opportunity to move to Europe back in 1983. This resulted in a career switch to computers (but still teaching), working as a computer applications trainer. After earning a doctorate in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University she turned to professional development for educators in Department of Defense Dependents’ Schools and international schools in Europe, with educational technology as the key content area.
The experiences in Europe were followed by a 7-year stint at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. By this point, UMUC was making its first forays into online education and she had the privilege of leading and teaching the first cohort of teachers earning a master’s degree in education that was totally online through Bowie State University.
In addition to the UMUC experience she has taught and mentored online for other universities, and then served as the founding Dean of Education for the American Public University System (APUS), a totally online university based in West Virginia. The ‘international itch’ struck again and she took a 1-year position as a visiting professor in Bahrain, working with the new teachers’ college at the University of Bahrain during the 2009-2010 academic year. Following that experience she was the Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the Anglo American School of Moscow, a large preK-12 international school.
Her research interests include technology use in K-12 classrooms and online collaborative learning. She and her husband live in the beautiful hills of eastern West Virginia.