Steve Sorden, Ed.D

Degrees | Certifications & Skills | Professional Experience | Recent Professional Development | Publications | Presentations & Workshops


  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with emphasis in Leadership of Instructional Technologies. Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, 2011.
  • M.Ed. in Educational Technology. Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, 2003.
  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. Northern Arizona University, Yuma, Arizona, 1995.
  • B.A. in History with a minor in Education. University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 1990.
    Phi Beta Kappa. Cum Laude.

Certifications & Skills

  • Arizona State Principal Certificate
  • Arizona State Superintendent Certificate
  • Arizona Certificate for Standard Career and Technical Education – Business and Marketing
  • Arizona Certificate for Standard 7-12 Secondary Education in History, Government, & German
  • TAP (Teacher Advancement Program) Certified Evaluator through National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
  • Proficient in Spanish & German
  • Learning Management Systems: Blackboard 9.1, Angel, Moodle
  • Instructional Design for Blended and Online Environments
  • Faculty Development in Technology, Teaching & Learning, and Assessment

Professional Experience

Director of Career & Technical Education
Chinle Unified School District, 2013-Present

Supervision of 15 CTE programs with approximately 900 students. Maintain close working relationship with community and state agencies. Write proposals for and manage sizable CTE, JTED and Federal grant budgets. Conduct program evaluations of CTE effectiveness, progress and fulfillment of state and regional objectives. Supervise delivery of curriculum and development of new course curriculum. Organize and often conduct faculty professional development. Personally implemented Moodle LMS and designed an online Navajo Government course to help high-achieving students qualify for Navajo Nation Chief Manuelito scholarship.

Acting High School Principal
Chinle Unified School District, 2013

Appointed acting principal of the high school while the principal served as interim superintendent of the district. While still covering CTE Director duties, I had full responsibility for day-to-day operations of the school, managing three assistant principals and certified/classified staff of more than 100, with responsibility for over 1,000 students. Successfully started school year and implemented RTI program that featured targeted tutoring and enrichment plan based on student data. Stepped down after three months when principal returned from interim superintendent position.

Adjunct Online Faculty
Kaplan University, 2013

Taught instructional design and instructional technology to online graduate students.

Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence – Prescott Campus
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2012-2013

Managed professional development opportunities for faculty. Trained and supported faculty to adopt assessment best practices at the course, program and institutional levels. Organized and delivered workshops to faculty on Blackboard 9.1, SMART Board technologies, Mobile Learning, Emerging Technologies, Classroom Assessment Techniques, ePortfolios, the Millennial Student and other best practices on teaching and learning.

Academic Chair – Distance Education and Bullhead City Campuses
Mohave Community College, 2010-2012

Responsible for managing the instructional plan, delivery and assessment of instruction offered by the college at the campus level, and for the management and professional development of almost 100 resident and associate faculty.  Managed curriculum development; assessment of student learning; program and instruction accreditation; new program development; community partnerships, high school dual enrollment, and instructional leadership.

Selected Accomplishments:

    • Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Criterion 4 Committee (Chair)
    • Introduced synchronous online courses to college. Worked with paralegal resident faculty and other faculty to create online blended courses and programs that featured virtual classroom learning.
    • Created smart room and encouraged adoption of instructional technology by faculty.
    • Designed 2010-11 MCC Professional Development Training for all Four Campuses

Teaching and Instructional Design Experience

    • CIS 261 – Computer Support Services (Online Course)
    • CIS 143 – Web Page Design using Adobe Dreamweaver (Online Course)
    • HUM 151 – Introduction to the Humanities II (Blended Course)
    • STU 103 – Mastering Skills for College Success (Web Enhanced Course)
    • Led Professional Development Workshops for Faculty

Director of Instructional Technology
Technology Support Services. Mohave Community College, 2010

Provided daily oversight of technical and instructional support specialists for PC support, helpdesk support, network and training support, and instructional technology support. Consulted faculty and staff in developing instructional uses of technologies. Researched, analyzed, and evaluated new technologies for potential applications in instruction.

Manager of Learning and Professional Development
Information Technology Services. Northern Arizona University, 2003-2010

Managed a team of instructional designers, web developers and trainers who specialized in developing websites, online interactive tutorials, documentation and provided live training to faculty and staff. In addition to management, actively designed and developed curriculum, courses and eLearning. Project management for several successful large projects including an enterprise-wide training and documentation project for a PeopleSoft upgrade at NAU; training and documentation for the Advantage financial system at NAU; and various other documentation and eLearning projects.

eLearning Project Manager
Department of Foreign Languages. University of Sonora, Mexico. 2005-2007

Through site visits and distance technologies, led a three-year effort to establish the Moodle learning management system and created a culture of online learning at the Department of Foreign Languages. Provided server and technical support. Developed two online staff development courses, as well as two week-long training workshops for faculty at the university.

Software, Web Applications, and Training Team Lead
Information Technology Services. Northern Arizona University, 2000-2003

Managed team of computer trainers/software support people and oversaw software/web support for faculty and staff at Northern Arizona University. Initiated several innovative projects such as producing in-house tutorials to train NAU personnel through streaming media and CDs.

Trainer & Courseware Developer
Information Technology Services. Northern Arizona University, 1998-2000

Taught software application classes with consistently good evaluations. Developed courses including SQL, Web Page Authoring, and the DataWarehouse at NAU. Helped maintain various Software Training and Support Web sites. Developed early eLearning courses such as a static online course for NAU’s Advantage financial system.

Holbrook High School. 1997-1998

Supervised 720 students and a staff of approximately 75 people. Managed school’s budget and approved most expenditures and purchases. Headed district technology committee. Authored district Internet acceptable use policy and technology plan. Wrote successful grant for school. Successfully promoted the integration of technology in the school.

Antelope Union High School. 1995-1997

Taught Computer Science & Accounting Courses. Coached football. Designed school technology plan, made technology purchasing recommendations and/or decisions, pioneered and coordinated the installation of Internet services. Created curriculum and taught several computer science classes at various levels. Facilitated collaborative online projects with students in other states and countries. Provided technology support to teachers and their classes.

Adjunct Faculty
Arizona Western College. Yuma, Arizona. 1996-97

Taught computer/business information systems and Adult ESL for Spanish Speakers.

Principal & Instructor
Thomas Alva Edison Bicultural Secondary School. Hermosillo, Mexico. 1992-95

Supervised 215 students and a staff of 30. Oversaw curriculum and instruction. Managed school’s budget. Gave presentations and conducted meetings in Spanish. Taught ESL, World History, Computer Science, and Geography (Geography taught in Spanish to ELL students).

Apache Junction JHS. Apache Junction, Arizona. 1990-92

Taught social studies and computer science courses. Created computer curriculum and taught extracurricular computer enrichment courses. Coached football and track.

Recent Professional Development

  • McREL Workshop on Building a Purposeful Community. Onsite Training. November 2013.
  • Economics & Common Core Workshop. Northern Arizona University. November 2013.
  • ACTE AZ 2013 Summer Conference. Tucson, AZ. July 2013.
  • Career & Technical Education. Reporting Essentials Workshop. Tucson, AZ. July 2013.
  • TAP (System for Teacher and Student Advancement) Cluster & Leadership Training, Scottsdale, AZ. June, 2013.
  • TAP (System for Teacher and Student Advancement) Evaluator Training A, Scottsdale, AZ. June, 2013.
  • OSHA Safety Certification Training. Northland Pioneer College. May 2013.
  • McREL Workshop on Data Driven Decision Making. Onsite Training. May 2013.
  • Common Core Symposium Conference. Arizona Department of Education. January 2013.
  • Sloan-C Online Teaching Certificate Foundation Course. October 2012.
  • Blackboard Learn 9.1 Learning Management System. September 2012.
  • The Higher Learning Commission 2012 Annual Conference. Chicago. March 2012.
  • The Higher Learning Commission 2011 Annual Conference. Chicago. April 2011.
  • Building Courses in the Sakai Learning Management System. MCC. May 2010


Publications – Book Chapters & Book Contributions

Sorden, S.D. (2013). Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning. In B. J. Irby, G. Brown & R. Lara-Alecio (Eds.), Handbook of Educational Theories. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing Inc.

Sorden, S.D. (2011). (Contributing Author). Data driven decision making. In J.W. Collins, III, and O’Brien, N. P. (Eds.).The Greenwood Dictionary of Education (2nd ed.). Westport, Connecticut, Greenwood Press.

Sorden, S.D. (2011). (Contributing Author). Open educational resources (OER). In J.W. Collins, III, and O’Brien, N. P. (Eds.).The Greenwood Dictionary of Education (2nd ed.). Westport, Connecticut, Greenwood Press.

Sorden, S.D., & Ramirez Romero, J.L. (2009). Innovando de Manera Colaborativa: Una Experiencia entre Académicos de Universidades Fronterizas.  In M. García y M. Casarini (Eds.). La tecnología para el cambio educativo: Reflexiones y experiencias. Monterrey, Mexico: Autonomous University of Nuevo León.

Publications – Journals (Peer-Reviewed)

Sorden. S. D., & Munene, I. I. (2013). Constructs related to community college student satisfaction in blended learning. Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, 12, 251-270. 

Sorden, S.D. (2005). A cognitive approach to instructional design for multimedia learning, Informing Science, 8, 263-279.

Publications – Conference Proceedings (Peer-Reviewed)

Sorden, S. D., & Ramirez, J. L. (2012). Collaborative learning, social presence and student satisfaction in a blended learning environment. Proceedings of 2012 IEEE 12th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (pp.129-133). Rome: ICALT2012.

Sorden, S.D. (2011). Recent Trends in Foreign Language Teaching with Information and Communication Technology (ICT). In Proceedings of the Foro Nacional Sobre Enseñanza de Lenguas Extranjeras 2011. Hermosillo, Sonora, MX: Univerdsidad de Sonora.

Ramirez, J. & Sorden, S. (2009). Evaluación de un proceso de innovación tecnológica desde una perspectiva del cambio en educación. In Proceedings of II Jornadas Internacionales de Tecnologías aplicadas a la enseñanza de Lenguas. Facultad de Lenguas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.

Sorden, S. (2008). Using Open Source and Web 2.0 Applications to Improve Online Presence and Collaboration in a Distributed Team Environment. In G. Richards (Ed.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2008 (pp. 3920-3924). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Ramirez, J. & Sorden, S. (2008). Implementing an Online Learning Management System: An Experience of International Collaboration. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008 (pp. 840-847). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Sorden, S.D., & Morua, P. (2005). A binational project to Introduce and promote e-learning in a Latin American university. In Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2005. Norfolk, VA: AACE.

Sorden, S. (2005). It doesn’t have to be heresy: Setting up an open source, classroom Web server on Windows. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2005 (pp. 1595-1600). Norfolk, VA: AACE.

Sorden, S. (2004). Electronic Portfolios: An Open Source Solution. In Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2004 (pp. 2959-2964). Norfolk, VA: AACE.

Presentations & Workshops

Emerging Trends in Foreign Language Teaching with Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Invited presentation to faculty of the Center for ESL at the University of Arizona. Tucson, Arizona, March 2, 2012.

Blended Learning: A Disruptive Innovation Beyond Hybrid Courses.
Learning & Teaching with Technology Expo. Mohave Community College, Lake Havasu City Campus, December 15, 2011.

Recent Trends in Foreign Language Teaching with Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Keynote Presentation. Foro Nacional Sobre Enseñanza de Lenguas Extranjeras 2011. Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Univerdsidad de Sonora, December 1, 2011.

Implementing Moodle for Foreign Language Teaching: An Experience of Collaboration.
Foro Nacional Sobre Enseñanza de Lenguas Extranjeras 2011. Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Univerdsidad de Sonora, December 2, 2011.

Active Learning.
Faculty Professional Training and Development. MCC Bullhead City Campus, Mohave Community College, November 19, 2010.

Individualizing Learning through Personal Learning Networks.
Faculty Professional Training and Development. MCC Bullhead City Campus, Mohave Community College, October 29, 2010.

Learning Organizations & Learning Colleges.
Faculty Professional Training and Development. MCC Bullhead City Campus, Mohave Community College, October 1, 2010. Behaviors of Learning Centered Organizations. MCC Bullhead City Campus, Mohave Community College, September 7, 2010.

Theories and Best Practices of Online Instruction.
Flagstaff, Arizona, December 2009.

Workshop for the Creation and Management of Online Courses.
Facilitated a one-day professional development workshop designed to provide high school teachers time to work on completing their online courses while providing guidance on various tools such as backups and restoring to a test system, creating online assessments and course design. Coconino High School, Flagstaff, Arizona, February 29, 2008.

Workshop on Information and Communication Technology for Education.
I designed and taught a three-day course for University of Sonora faculty and students from the E-Learning and Multimedia Specialization in the English as a Foreign Language undergraduate program, as well as educational technologists from the Sonoran State Department of Education. The workshop focused on tools and theories for creating and delivering online instruction. Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. August 30-September 1, 2007.

An Overview of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) that can be used in Online Learning
NAU e-Learning Institute 2007, Flagstaff, Arizona, May 22, 2007.

Workshop for High School Faculty on using Free and Open Source Software to Support a One-to-One Laptop Initiative.
Provided a day-long hands-on introduction to faculty on various Free and Open Source applications designed to increase learning opportunities for students participating in the One-to-One laptop initiative. Also created a week-long online course to introduce them to Moodle through a series of online activities. Coconino High School, Flagstaff, Arizona, May 18, 2007.

Technology Integration in Teacher Pre-Service Education.
Designed and led a one-week workshop for faculty at the University of Sonora. The workshop combined online activities with hands-on instruction in technology and a seminar format for discussion of related articles. University of Sonora Foreign Language Department. Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. May-June 2006.

A Moodle Success Story
9th Annual Peak Performance Conference (AzTEA)
Flagstaff, Arizona, November 4, 2006.

Creating Interactive Tutorials and Simulations for Web Applications
Microcomputers in Education Conference (MEC) 2006. Tempe, Arizona, March 11-13, 2006.

E-Learning in Mexico
Microcomputers in Education Conference (MEC) 2006
Tempe, Arizona, March 11-13, 2006.

A Binational Project to Introduce and Promote E-Learning in a Latin American University
E-Learn 2005 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Vancouver, B.C. October 2005.

RegisCM: An Open Source Course Registration and Training Management Software
Microcomputers in Education Conference (MEC) 2005. Tempe, Arizona, March 14-16, 2005.

It Doesn’t Have to Be Heresy: Setting up an Open Source Web Server for the Classroom on Windows
SITE 2005 – Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference. Phoenix, Arizona, March 1-5, 2005.

Free Open Source Software for Educators
13th Annual Teaching and Technology Conference. Tucson, Arizona, January 29, 2005.

Electronic Portfolios: An Open Source Solution
E-Learn 2004 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, November 1-5, 2004 in Washington D.C.

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