The Instructional Systems Design faculty is nationally active as reflected in their publication of journal articles, books, non-print media, and their service activities. In addition, the faculty have made numerous presentations and are active in various professional organizations.

Faculty expertise and research interests include instructional design, visual learning, meta-cognition, web-based instruction, interactive multimedia design and development,  design of computer based instruction, and networking theory and development.


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Interim DGS, Instructional Systems Design Program Faculty Chair, Associate Professor
(859) 257-4661
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Professor Emeritus
(859) 257-4896
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Associate Professor
(859) 257-2340

Field Faculty

Our Field Faculty are professional instructional designers and technology leaders who are integrate research based interventions and sound instructional design and training practices into their work in corporate, governmental, educational and medical settings. They bring their rich work experiences and varied educational backgrounds to enrich the learning experiences of ISD students through coursework, projects, and leading edge technology applications for instruction and assessment.


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Dr. Heather Arrowsmith
Dr. Arrowsmith teaches EDC 547 Technology in Instructional Practice. She currently works for Western Kentucky University as a Post-Doctoral Researcher. She has her Doctorate from the University of Kentucky in Instruction and Administration with an emphasis in Instructional Systems Design. Her research interests include mastery learning, online course design, and implementation science in education. LinkedIn Profile

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Dr. Becky Combs
Dr. Combs teaches EDC 607: Instructional Design I and EDC 608: Instructional Design II, two foundational courses in the ISD Program.  Dr. Combs taught 3rd grade in Fayette County Schools before entering the ISD Program. A 2008 graduate of the program with both her Master’s in ISD and her doctorate in Education Sciences/ISD/Curriculum & Instruction, she has been working in corporate settings for the past eight years. Dr. Combs is currently the Design Manager at United Health Care Group in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Dr. Michael Dailey
Dr. Dailey teaches EDC 548: Instructional Technology Leadership. Since 2012, Dr. Dailey has served as the Associate Director of Federal and State Programs for Fayette County Schools in Lexington, Kentucky. Prior to that post he spent fourteen years working in innovative technology positions for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). He was a founding member of the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) as part of the Instructional Technology Leadership Program, and also served as the Achievement Gap Coordinator and Director of Next Generation Professionals at KDE. He received his Bachelor’s at Kentucky State University, his MSW in Planning & Administration at the Ohio State University, and his Ph.D. at Capella University.
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Dr. Juli Gatling Book
Dr. Gatling Book teaches EDC 543 Digital Game-based Learning. She heads up special initiatives in the Office of Online Learning at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, most recently guiding System use of Extended Reality. She has been teaching online since 2006. She has a doctorate in Transnational Studies and Master’s in Instructional Systems Design from University of Kentucky.

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Dr. Mark Schneider
Dr. Schneider teaches EDC 543 Digital Game-based Learning & Instruction. He is an Instructional Designer at the University of Kentucky HealthCare (UKHC), developing medical Web-based training courses, mobile apps, and training materials for 11,000 learners.

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Dr. Nedim Slijepcevic
Dr. Slijepcevic teaches EDC 605: Distance Learning Foundations, the anchor course for our Distance Learning Certificate. He currently works as Faculty Development Program Manager in the Instructional Design Center at Eastern Kentucky University. He received a B.A. in Computer Information Systems at Buffalo State, an M.S. in Multimedia and Learning at Buffalo State, and an Ed.D. in Instructional Systems Design at University of Kentucky.


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Emeritus Faculty


Dr. Gary J. Anglin

Dr. Anglin retired in 2016 as an Associate Professor of Education and program chair of the Instructional System Design Program. He is a full member of the Graduate School Faculty and past president of the Research and Theory Division and the Division of Instructional Development, AECT, and Chair of the SIG – Instructional Technology for the American Educational Research Association. He is currently associate editor of the Journal of Computing in Higher Education and is a member of editorial boards for the Quarterly Review of Distance Education, the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, and Educational Technology Research and Development (consulting editor). Dr. Anglin currently serves as Chair of the Robert M. Gagne award Committee for Graduate Student Research, AECT. His current research interests are in the areas of visual message design and distance education. Dr. Anglin’s recent publications with co-author Gary R. Morrison include: Distance Education: Practice Before Research or Research Before Practice, An Analysis of Success and Failures: Focusing on Learner-Content Interactions for the Next generation of Distance education, and Instructional Design for Technology-based Systems. Dr. Anglin is also editor of the award winning book: Instructional Technology: Past, Present and Future (in 3rd edition). He is an avid photographer and continues to pursue his life-long interest in photography.


Dr. Douglas Smith

Dr. Smith joined the College of Education faculty in 1987. In 2016, he retired from his primary assignment in the Instructional Systems Design program where he taught instructional computing and electronic authoring. His research interests include the roles of education technologists, gender equity, and computer based instruction. Dr. Smith also coordinates the business content core for the master’s with initial certification program. Dr. Smith is the former chair of the business and marketing education program faculty.