Gayle V. Davidson-Shivers is a professor in the Instructional Design and Development (IDD) program. Being the first in her program to teach an online course, she continues to design and teach online and on-campus courses. She currently teaches graduate courses on designing online instruction, psychology of learning, instructional models, and trends and issues of the IDT field. She has a master's and doctorate in Curricular and Instructional Systems from the University of Minnesota; her undergraduate degree in education is from Western Oregon University.
As part of her faculty work, she conducts research, presents, and publishes in the area of online learning, faculty development, instructional and learning strategies, and individual differences. Her current research focus is on gender and communication patterns in online discussions. In 2006, she co-authored a book, entitled Web-Based Learning: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation. She serves on review boards of several major journals. Some of her service work includes past president of the SIG-Instructional Technology of AERA, board member of the AECT Research and Theory Division, and faculty advisor to the IDD Student Group.
She worked as an instructional systems specialist for a major lending institution and taught in the public schools of Oregon and Minnesota. She conducts workshops on learning styles, advising, teaching and learning, assessment tools, and online instruction, among other topics. She consults with business entities, governmental agencies, and educational institutions.