Evangeline S Pianfetti

think. innovate. do.


illiniesp@gmail.com | 217.244.1098 


Director, Emergent Technologies and                                              Present
Development / Adjunct Faculty 
As Director of Emergent Technologies and Development I am responsible for setting a vision for how emergent technologies and developments will enhance efforts within the Department of Educational Psychology and the College to add a digital age dimension to research, teaching, and learning in both face-to-face and online environments.  The Director of ETD provides leadership by:
  1. modeling innovative practice through research and teaching which includes the design and development of blended and online learning spaces, and the integration of mobile learning resources;
  2. enhance efforts in online learning  and programs through 1) the research on how technologies enhance / bolster instructional delivery, and 2) the direction of the new elearning concentration (CTER redesign).
  3. expanding research efforts that focus on three key areas: a) learning spaces; b) mobile learning; and c) cloud computing which includes seeking grant funding and conference opportunities;
  4. engaging faculty and students in the pursuit of digital perspectives to research, teaching, and service which includes the development of webinars and/or seminar that highlights the engagement of faculty and graduate students;
  5. providing leadership in mobile learning and its impact on research, teaching, and service which include  app development (to push out research / literature / and other ubiquitous aspects related to online efforts (Moodle? QR Codes);
  6.  partnering with College initiatives and campus efforts to make more visible professional and scholarly efforts

Assistant Dean, Learning Technologies                                                                2007-2011
College of Education, University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois

As the Assistant Dean for Learning Technologies, I support the mission and vision of technology integration, communication, and innovation for the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Working out of the Office of the Chief Information Officer, my responsibilities include collaborating with the Associate Dean for Online Learning and CIO to provide leadership for the three units associated with technology in the College: Communications/Media Relations, Learning Technologies, and Information Technologies.  Additionally, I also provide administrative and budget support for the Office of the Chief Information Officer and its related units.  Specifically, the Assistant Dean for Learning Technologies provides leadership in the following areas:

  • Assist in the development and implementation of a strategic vision for technology for the College..
  • Assist in the development policies and procedures as they relate to teaching and learning, with a particular emphasis on the Education Online initiative.
  • Provide leadership for the transformation of the Curriculum, Technology and Educational Reform (CTER) online program to a certificate, endorsement and masters initiative
  • Establish a plan for 1:1 computing for the College
  • Assist in bringing financial stability to technology related activities for the College
  • Expand college’s research portfolio in technology
  • Provide leadership for innovation in technology-related area including the development of the Ubiquitous Learning Institute, collaborating with faculty on technology-related grants and projects; providing awareness of technological tools, best practices, and other resources to the College

Director, Office of Educational Technology                                                2003-Present
College of Education, University of Illinois
As Director of the Office of Educational Technology, I am currently facilitating the transition of many of our services and activities to realign with our College’s new strategic plan and initiatives.  Previously, my responsibilities included providing visionary and budgetary leadership for five units: Administration, Educational Computing and Media, Information Technologies, P-16 Outreach and Professional Development, and three subunits: Technologies Lifeline Center (Tech Support), Instructional Computing Lab and The Center for Technology for Teaching and Learning.  Additionally, I was responsible for the following:

  • Coordination of  a statewide professional development institute, A Moveable Feast.
  • Securing and administering the following grants:
    • TIMeS Project: Technology-Intensive Mathematics & Science: Improving Student Performance in High Needs Schools, Principal Investigator
    • Innovative Teacher Grant, Co-principal Investigator
    • PT3: TALENT: Technology Across Learning Environments for new Teachers, Faculty Development Coordinator

Associate Director, Office of Educational TechnologyCollege of Education, University of IllinoisUrbana, Illinois


As the Associate Director of the Office of Educational Technology, my key responsibilities included:

  • Establishing and facilitating faculty development initiatives for college faculty
    • Coordinator: AT & T Technology Fellows Program
      • Have assisted over 1/3 of the College faculty in integrating technology into their instruction, research and daily activities
      • http://www.ed.uiuc.edu/oet/at-t/fellows2000/index.html
      • Coordinator: Faculty Development PT3 grant (TALENT – Technology Across Learning Environments for New Teachers)
        • Supervise two full-time and one part-time faculty development specialists
        • Develop models for technology integration for college faculty, preservice teacher candidates, cooperating teachers and P-12 teachers
        • http://talent.ed.uiuc.edu/
      • Co-Coordinator A Moveable Feast
        • Summer institute tailored to meet the needs of professional development in technology for P-12 teachers and administrators
        • For more information: http://feast.ed.uiuc.edu/


eLearning Committee, PresentThis committee convened by the Provost and Chancellor brings together technology and academic leaders from across campus to define and envision eLearning for the UIUC campus. 1:1 Laptop Initiative, Chair, 2005-PresentThis committee is exploring the efficacy of a campus wide laptop program in which all incoming students would be required to have their own laptops and instructors would integrate technology more in their courses.Learning Commons Council, 2006 -PresentThis council serves as an information resource sharing network for learning, teaching and collaboration and as an advisory body to the Head of the Undergraduate Library and its Learning Commons Coordinator.  The Council provided input on matters related to the student needs, innovations in teaching and learning, and the evolution of programming.

Global Campus Faculty/Student Support Subcommittee, 2005 – 2006

I served on a subcommittee that drafted the portion of the Global Campus initiative that dealt with faculty and student support for online learning and instruction.

Information Technologies Assistance Board (ITAB), 2004-2007

This committee reports directly to CIO Paula Kaufman and advises the campus on technology related issues, in particular those that impact CITES

Education and Educational Technologies Working group, 2006

This is one of the key campus strategic planning committee that advise the campus on issues pertaining to technology integration and pedagogy..  Ken Spelke, Associate Dean for Info. Tech and Research for GISLIS and interim assist CIO for Ed Tech for campus, provides oversight to this initiative.

eLearning Task Force, 2006

This task force was one of nine established by Dean Kalantzis.  Our charge was to develop an Institute that would be a hub for research and development on elearning, the Ubiquitous Learning Institute.

Office of Continuing Education Review Committee, 2006

This committee informed campus on key issues ….

Learning Commons, 2005

This is an initiative in which the undergraduate library will be redefine to meet the needs of 21st Century Learners.  It is an innovative approach to knowledge acquisition and resources.


Analysis of Advanced Instructional TechnologyEducational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;CTER Online Master’s Program (Curriculum, Technology, Education Reform) – http://cter.ed.uiuc.edu/Developed indepth online course focusing on digital resources for teacher; Taught Fall 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009Educational TechnologyCurriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Secondary Education course for eportfolio and digital media development

Fall 2008

Foundations of Online Teaching and Learning

Human Resources Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Developed for UIUC Global Campus Partnerships

First course to be taught in breakthrough Master’s of Education Program for Global Campus

January 2008

Introduction to Educational Technology

Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Developed survey course on educational technology for undergraduate students; Taught during Spring 2004, 2005, 2006; 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Named as Excellent Instructor by students during each semester taught

Teachers and Technology: Integration in the P-12 Classroom

Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Developed and taught online learning technologies course for Masters level students during Summer 2004, 2005, 2006; 2007

Teachers Teaching Technology: Developing the Digital Curriculum

Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Co-taught course to four sections across two semesters as part of an online Master level course



I-LLINI Partnerships: Lifelong Learning IN Illinois for 21stCentury Teachers,August 2007-September 2010

  • § Principal investigator
  • § Awarded: IBHE/NCLB Improving Teaching Quality Grant – $925,000

KeyNote Address Purdue University: Teaching and Learning for the Digital Generation

  • Teachers and Technology Conference
  • April 2009

TIMeS Project: Technology Intensive Math and Science: Improving Student Performance in High Needs Schools, 2004-2006

  • § Principle Investigator
  • § Awarded: IBHE/NCLB Improving Teaching Quality Grant – $400,000 (total)

PT3 TALENT: Technology Across Learning Environments for New Teachers, 2001-2004

  • Coordinator, Professional Development
  • Awarded: U.S. Federal Government, 3 million (total)

AACTE-Microsoft Innovative Teacher Program, 2000

  • § Co-principal investigator
  • § Awarded: Innovative Teacher of the Year by AACTE & Microsoft

Teaching with Digital Content–Describing, Finding and Using Digital Cultural Heritage Materials, 2001

  • Co-principal investigator
  • Grant funded by Institute of Museum and Library Services

Mathematic Materials for Teachers of Teachers, 1999

  • Grant funded by Illinois State Board of Education, given to Office of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE)
  • Developed sample lesson plans that adhere to national and state standards in mathematics
  • For more information,  http://www.mste.uiuc.edu/m2t2/

Unity in Community



Pianfetti, E.S. & Reese, G. (in Press – 2011).  Transforming Technology Education: Learning in A Digital Work in Fostering Human Development Through Engineering and Technology Education (ETE), Barak, M. and Hacker, M (eds.)  Rotterdam: Sense Publishes.Pianfetti, E.S. (2009). Ubiquitous Learning: Educating Generation Iin Ubiquitous Learning, Cope and Kalantzis (eds).Ching, C. C., Basham, J., & Pianfetti, E. (2005). Technology in education/technology in life: Toward a holistic perspective on integration in preparing tomorrow’s teachers at the University of Illinois. In C. Vraisidas & G. Glass (Eds.), Current perspectives on applied information technologies: Vol. 2. Preparing tomorrow’s teachers to use technology (pp. 225-240). Greenwich, CT: Information Age. Bennet, N.,Sandore, B., & Pianfetti, E. (2002)  IllinoisDigital Cultural Heritage Community: Collaborative Interactions Among Libraries, Museums and Elementary Classrooms.  D-Lib Magazine vol. 8(1).  Available online: http://www.dlib.org/dlib/january02/bennett/01bennett.html|Pianfetti, E. S. (2000). Teachers and Technology: Digital Literacy through Professional Development Language Arts, v78 n3 p255-62 Jan 2001

Pianfetti, E. S. (1999).  Tools for the 21st Century: How digital video and the Internet can engage learners in math and science.  SITE 2000 Proceedings.

Pianfetti, E.S. (1999).  From the abstract to the practical: How the Motion Media Grapher helps students understand and interpret abstract mathematical concepts.  M/STE 2000 Proceedings.

Thurston, C., Secaras, E., & Levin, J. (1996).  Teaching Teleapprenticeships: An Innovative model for technology integration in teacher education.  Journal of Research on Computing in Education, 28(5).


Computer Consultant Support Program, CCSP (November, 2007) Moderator, Global Campus IT PanelSociety for Information Technology and Teacher Education (March SITE, 2004)Technology & Identity: Connecting Value Orientation, Personal History, and Culture to Computers in Education, Part I & 2 SymposiumSociety for Information Technology and Teacher Education (March SITE, 2004)Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology: Differences between Skills and Values Brief Paper

Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (March SITE, 2004)

An Online Training Model: Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology, Poster

American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (February, AACTE 2004)
Intel Teach to the Future, Panel

American Evaluation Association (October, AEA 2003)

A Look Within: Faculty Experiences in Technology Classrooms, Paper

Cost-effective videoconferencing: Building collaborative learning environments American Education Research Association (April, AERA 2002)
Teaching in the Digital Age: A model for technology integration and faculty development in higher education – Poster session

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (March, AACTE 2001)

21st Century  Professional Development : Empowering Faculty to Integrate Technology into the Teacher Education Curriculum – Panel  Discussant

National Educational Computing Conference (June, NECC 2001)

Faculty of the Future: Support for Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers – Panel

Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference (SITE 2000)

Tools for the 21st Century Classroom: How digital video and the Internet can engage learners in mathematics and science – Paper

Mathematics/Science Educational and Technology (M/STE 2000)

From the abstract to the practical: How the Motion Media Grapher helps students understand and interpret mathematical concepts


  • 2003 Innovative Teacher of the Year Award– Innovative Teachers
    • Awarded by American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and Microsoft Corporation
    • http://www.microsoft.com/innovativeteachers/
    • 2003 Model of Professional Development Award – Moveable Feast VI
    • 2000 Gold Award Winner – Thinkquest Tomorrow’s Teachers Competition
      • ScienceNet: Project-based physical science
      • http://library.advanced.org/50109/
      • 1999 Educational Alumni Association Outstanding Student Medal Nominee
      • 1999 Computerworld Smithsonian Institute Laureate – 1998 Apple Education Grant


Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Technologies for Learning.

1994-1998          University of Illinois        Urbana, Illinois

  • § Curriculum: Learning and Instruction Specialization: Digital media and the Internet.

E.D.M Curriculum and Instruction
1992-1994          University of Illinois        Urbana, Illinois

  • § Curriculum: Computer Assisted Instruction

B.S. Communications, Broadcast Journalism
1988-1992          University of Illinois        Urbana, Illinois

Minors: English and Comparative Literature



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