Gail Matthews-DeNatale, PhD

PhD (Folklore), Indiana University

Gail Matthews-DeNatale is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Graduate Education programs. She develops and teaches blended and fully online courses, including “Emerging Trends in Education,” “New Directions in Adult Learning,” and “Faculty: Evolving Roles.” Dr. Matthews-DeNatale also leads the ePortfolio Initiative and serves as co-principal investigator for the Connect to Learning grant work for the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE. Her most recent publications include “Digital Story-Making in Support of Student Meaning-Making” in Enhancing Instruction with Visual Media and “Zooming In and Out: ePortfolios as Telescope in Examining the Relationship Between Course-Based Learning and Life Plans” in Connect to Learning’s Reflection as Integrative, Social Pedagogy ( She is a founding member of the Board of Trustees for the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL), is a former member of the NERCOMP Board of Trustees, and serves as a reviewer for Higher Education Teaching and Learning Review.

Previously, Dr. Matthews-DeNatale was a faculty member of George Mason University; served as an instructor at Simmons College, the University of South Carolina–Columbia, Indiana University-Purdue University–Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Indiana University–Bloomington; and taught teacher workshops at the Drake University Summer Teachers Institute, the University of Hanoi–Vietnam Ethnographic Studies Institute, and the University of Toledo Summer Teachers Institute. Dr. Matthews-DeNatale also has worked as the associate dean for Graduate and Professional Programs at Emmanuel College; as associate and interim director of Academic Technology at Simmons College; and as a consultant to the Educause Learning Initiative, National Endowment for the Arts, Framingham State University, Yale University Summer Programs, TERC Center for Science Teaching and Learning, Special Libraries Association, and Mercy College.

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