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Louie the Lumberjack

Outstanding Alums!

We wondered what NAU graduate alumni were up to. So we asked the faculty to let us know who was doing splendid work that was making a difference for people, for disciplines, or for communities or country.

Here's what they told us.

Educational Technology: Dallas McPheeters

Dallas McPheeters

His website says, “The Internet is the wormhole to the metaverse.” Dallas McPheeters (M Ed Educational Technology 2010) is a senior learning consultant with Cerner Corporation in Kansas City and the newly appointed program leader for Managed Learning Services for Cerner's Health I.T. engagements in Qatar.  He is an award-winning educational technologist, a role which requires current knowledge and skills in learning and teaching, management, and information technology—skills he affirms he learned at NAU thanks to the university’s “forward-thinking vision and excellent instruction.”

In 2010, McPheeters received the Silver Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President Obama for his contribution to the field of education within multi-user virtual environments. His research focuses on how to engage the “Net Generation” and demonstrates how the elimination of space-time and identity barriers opens new avenues for learning. His work has been presented both nationally and internationally to educators and professionals interested in adapting emerging technologies to today’s learners and workers, whether face-to-face or in the Cloud.

"NAU’s insistence that the Educational Technology program be conducted online is paramount for those wishing to hone their skills integrating technology into the learning process," McPheeters says. "By overcoming the conceptual hurdles we all face, we become better equipped for the unknown hurdles yet to come. I'm grateful to NAU for not compromising the challenge. NAU equipped me with a mindset that enables me to navigate the unknown future. I call it an 'explorer mentality.'"