Meet a few of the many exceptional faculty members in online education

Northern Illinois University believes that a quality education begins with quality instruction. That’s why NIU’s online courses are designed by the same distinguished faculty and staff who teach traditional face-to-face courses. Instructors bring their professional experience and extensive academic backgrounds into the world of online learning.

Throughout the course development process, instructors also work with instructional design experts from NIU's eLearning Services to ensure that they make the best use of technology to deliver dynamic and engaging courses.


U.S. News and World ReportDepartment of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment

Faculty in NIU’s Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment (ETRA) believe that community building is integral to the success of online programs. As a result, the College of Education earned a place on the U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll for Online Graduate Education Programs. As an integral piece in this achievement, the NIU faculty ranked No. 1 for credentials and training. Read more.


Sharon SmaldinoDr. Sharon Smaldino

L. D. and Ruth Morgridge Endowed Chair for Teacher Education, College of Education

Dr. Sharon Smaldino teaches graduate courses in Instructional Technology, Distance Education, and Professional Standards and Ethical Practice. She has researched and presented on applications of technology in the classroom and in distance education, and has published extensively on instructional technology applications. Smaldino finds developing online courses very rewarding. She enjoys pushing the boundaries of technology to benefit students. Read more.


Bradley HawkBradley Hawk

Leadership, Educational Psychology & Foundations

Bradley Hawk has been developing online courses for NIU’s School Business Management program for the past three years. Hawk came to NIU after retiring from his long-held position as a superintendent. “I see these classes as my legacy,” says Hawk. “After working in school management for so long, I wanted to give back to the field and help train the next generation of professionals.” Read more.