Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Marissa Owens

Marissa Owens

Dr. Marissa Owens, a Ph.D. graduate in Learning and Technology, is living the dream of working for Teledyne Brown Engineering and NASA in Huntsville, Alabama, in a distinguished postdoctoral scholar position. Her specific role as a postdoctoral scholar is to update NASA training materials for a digital environment. Owens notes, "It's becoming more of an online course, which will be taken by new hires of NASA. They have to learn about different aspects of their jobs and all that goes along with being a NASA employee- acronyms and all." Owens cites the doctoral education she earned in Learning and Technology in the College of Education as instrumental to her job success: "[The agencies] wanted someone that could understand the technology and ground it in learning theory; that's why it's important to have someone on the team with an Education background."

Owens reflects, "This postdoc is so interesting because it's not traditional - it's in fact, very unique." Further, she notes that the support of departmental faculty in the Department of Educational Psychology & Higher Education, particularly from her doctoral advisor (Dr. Michael Nussbaum) and department chair (Dr. LeAnn Putney), opened up many opportunities- including this one.