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Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. program in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation prepares students to deeply investigate areas related to learning, performance, technologies, and instructional tools.

This program in the Department of Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation balances an in-depth focus on scholarly inquiry and research methods with practical experience through internships, apprenticeships, community participation, work with faculty, and more. Through collaborative projects and an active residency program, students develop into scholars who can conduct, publish, and consume research in a variety of instructional and professional settings. Opportunities are available for collaborating with faculty members in research, teaching, and grant writing.

Our graduates are prepared for scholarly roles at the forefront of the field. There are two focus areas available for students:

  • Academic Research Focus: prepares students for tenure-line faculty positions in research universities. Special emphasis is given to in-depth methodological training, extensive research experience, advanced expertise in a focused area of inquiry, participation in academic and professional research communities, and the development of teaching skills.
  • Professional Studies Focus: prepares graduates for professional roles settings by emphasizing strong methodological training, extensive experience with applied projects, the flexibility to work in teams on a broad range of problems, participation in applied professional communities, and the development of management and leadership skills.

Expertise in teaching and instruction is also developed with the department and with participation in the Future Professoriate Program. This includes orientations, year-round services for teaching assistants, and opportunities to co-teach with fellow doctoral students and department faculty, guest lecture, and independent instruction.

Program Contacts

Jing Lei, Chair of IDD&E; Professor
jlei@syr.edu|315.443.1362
Jing Lei
Rebecca Pettit, Office Coordinator
rrpettit@syr.edu|315.443.3703
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505