Professor & Research Scientist
Intelligent support for instructional design, system dynamics based learning environments, assessing learning in complex domains, distance learning, and technology integration in education
J. Michael Spector is a research professor at the Learning and Performance Laboratory at the University of Georgia. Formerly, he was Associate Director of the Learning Systems Institute, Professor of Instructional Systems, and Principal Investigator for the International Center for Learning, Education and Performance Systems at Florida State University (2004 – 2008). He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin. His recent research is in the areas of intelligent support for instructional design, system dynamics based learning environments, assessing learning in complex domains, distance learning, and technology integration in education. Dr. Spector served on the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (ibstpi) as Executive Vice President; he is on the Executive Committee of the IEEE Learning Technology Task Force, and he is President-elect of the Association for Educational and Communications Technology (AECT). He is the editor of the Development Section of ETR&D and serves on numerous other editorial boards. He co-edited the third edition of the Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology and has more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and books to his credit.
Ph.D., Philosophy (Epistemology/Logic), The University of Texas, Austin, TX, 1978.
B.Sc., International Affairs (Psychology/Philosophy), United States Air Force Academy, 1967.