Educational Psychology & Counseling Department

Craig D. Howard, PhD

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517 Bailey Education Complex
1126 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-3452


I am originally from Western New York. Prior to coming to Tennessee I held a number of different teaching positions — as a teacher in NY City in Manhattan’s Chinatown and Spanish Harlem, and as a lecturer at Georgia Tech, CUNY, and at two universities in near Tokyo, Japan, Kanda University of International Studies and Rikkyo University. I have spent a portion of my life learning the lexicons and grammars of other languages; I speak Japanese, German and Spanish at various degrees of un-proficiency. I maintain a website with downloadables of all my publications and a blog that deals with issues of scholarship in instructional design, I am a proud daddy of a bilingual child.

Assistant Professor

Education – Instructional Technology

Education – Learning Environments & Educational Studies


  • PhD, Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University Bloomington, 2012
  • MA, TESOL, Teachers College Columbia University, 1998
  • BA, Humanities, State University of New York College at Buffalo, 1994

Curriculum Vita

Research Interests

  • Instructional Affordances
  • CMC (Computer Mediated Communication)
  • Instructional Design
  • Design Learning
  • Higher Order Thinking

Recent Publications

Gray, C. M. & Howard, C. D. (2014, 2016). Designerly Talk in Non-Pedagogical Social Spaces. Journal of Learning Design, 7(1), 40-58. [pdf] [Republished in Journal of Learning Design: 10th Anniversary Issue, 8(3) with author reflection]

Howard, C. D., & Gray, C. M. (2014). Introduction to the special issue on historic designs for learning. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 5(2) 1-5.

Recent Presentations

Gray, C. M., & Howard, C. D. (2015, June). “Why are they not responding to critique?”: A student-centered construction of the crit. In LearnxDesign: The 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers and PreK-16 Design Educators (pp. 1680-1700). Chicago, IL: School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Howard, C. D., & Gray, C. M. (2014, November). Extra-curricular Design Learning: Emergent Critique in Learners’ SNS Interactions. Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). Jacksonville, FL.

Howard, C. D., & Gray, C. M. (2014, October). Higher Order Thinking in Design Reviews. Design Thinking Research Symposium. Purdue University, IN.

Gray, C. M., & Howard C. D. (2014, October). Normativity in Design Communications. Design Thinking Research Symposium. Purdue University, IN.

Recent Awards

Scholar of Year runner up, Texas A&M University – Texarkana, 2014

Award for Scholarly Activity, Texas A&M University – Texarkana, 2014

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