Jason Underwood, Ed.D.

Director of Instructional Design and Development


Jason provides leadership on instructional design and development activities for faculty, instructors, teaching staff, and teaching assistants.


  • Ed.D., Instructional Technology, Northern Illinois University, 2009
  • M.P.A., Public Administration, Northern Illinois University, 2021
  • M.S., Educational Research and Evaluation, Northern Illinois University, 2009
  • B.S., Mathematics, Northern Illinois University, 1998

Awards and Recognition

  • Supportive Professional Staff Presidential Award for Excellence from the NIU Supportive Professional Staff Council in recognition of outstanding contributions to NIU and the Supportive Professional Staff, 2021.


The following comments from NIU faculty were shared through NIU Today Applaud a Colleague:

"Jason has been so helpful over the past few years with anything related to online teaching – he is knowledgeable, fun to talk to and always just pops on a quick Teams to walk me through stuff. He is a great asset to NIU. Thanks, Jason!" (September 12, 2022)

"On a Sunday, Jason engaged in a prompt email exchange to help me fix an error I caused in my video lectures. He had me call him and he coached me through the issue, getting my lecture prep back on track on Sunday evening. His help was excellent, very unexpectedly prompt (on a Sunday!) and so very appreciated!" (October 20, 2020)

"Jason has been my go-to resource for all things about teaching remotely. Three weeks in and he has always been easy to contact and work with, no matter the day or the time. Just last evening, he contacted me to inform me that one of my uploaded videos did not caption correctly and that it might have errors. Sure enough, the original did not load correctly so I was able to reload and have a very usable video for students to watch. Thanks, Jason!" (September 8, 2020)

"I sent in a request for some help and Jason responded that day, a Saturday, and met me in a virtual room and showed me exactly what I needed in a very complete yet succinct way. It made me feel very reassured knowing I had such wonderful support resources available to help during this stressful period."(April 1, 2020)

Jason Underwood


Jason Underwood
Email: junderwood@niu.edu
Phone: 815-753-8189
Office: AC100E

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