Michael Simonson teaches in the Instructional Technology and Distance Education program. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Instructional Systems. He was named Professor of the Year for the Fischler School of Education for 2012-13. Simonson has authored four major textbooks dealing with distance education, instructional technology, instructional computing, and instructional media. He has over 200 scholarly publications, and in excess of 250 professional presentations dealing with distance education and instructional technology. He is editor of two academic journals and one yearly convention proceedings, and also co-edits a book series. He has been an active grant writer. His current area of research interest is the diffusion of distance education in organizations. Simonson was honorably discharged as a Captain from the United States Marine Corps (R).