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Randy McDonald
Director of Instructional Technology
Stephen F. Austin State University

As director of the Office of Instructional Technology at Stephen F. Austin State University, Randy McDonald is the academic liaison for all computing, telecommunications, and networking initiatives. He is also responsible for the strategic planning of distance education initiatives and for recommending and evaluating instructional technology priorities and policies for the University.

McDonald earned a bachelor's degree in information systems and quantitative studies from Abilene Christian University in 1986. In 1992, after spending 2 years as a missionary in Thailand and 4 years as a computer sales consultant, he came to SFA as the technology specialist for the Center for Professional Development and Technology. In this role, McDonald worked with University faculty to integrate technology into SFA's teacher certification program; he also coordinated the implementation of the University's first interactive video network. While working for the Center, McDonald earned a Texas teaching certificate and completed a master's degree in secondary education.

McDonald served as a faculty member in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership at SFA for 5 years. There he taught courses in instructional technology, pedagogy, and curriculum design, and he supervised the College of Education's Media Center. In May 2000, McDonald earned a doctorate in supervision, curriculum, and instruction in higher education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He is a certified WebCT trainer and is currently pursuing a master's degree in library and information science from the University of North Texas.

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