Dr. Virginia Byrne

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Title: 
Assistant Professor, Higher Education & Student Affairs
Office Location: 
315 Banneker
Website: 
http://www.virginialbyrne.com

Education
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (2020)
• Concentration: Technology, Learning and Leadership; Minor: Higher Education
• Dissertation: The Role of Cyberbullying on Women’s Social Presence in Online Courses

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Graduate Certificate, Instructional Systems Design (2014)
• Studied Adult Education & Adult Learning Theory

M.S., Florida State University, Higher Education and Student Affairs (2012)
• Thesis: Urban Education and University Transitions in the City of Chicago

B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Business Administration and Marketing (2010)

Biography
Virginia L. Byrne, Ph.D., researches climate and equity in online and technology-enhanced learning environments. Her work investigates how social media and instructional technology are changing how we teach, learn, and connect in higher education. Virginia earned her Ph.D. from University of Maryland, College Park in Technology, Learning and Leadership with a minor in Higher Education. At UMD, she worked at the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center conducting faculty development workshops and coordinating the University’s research on undergraduate teaching and learning.

Before starting her PhD, Virginia served as the Student Life Coordinator for Leadership Development at UMBC. She holds a Certificate in Instructional Systems Design from UMBC and a Master’s degree in Student Affairs from Florida State University. Virginia moved to Baltimore in 2012 and lives in the Highlandtown neighborhood with her partner, Jacob, and her incredibly loud cat, Martha. You can finder her on Twitter at @virginialbyrne.

Refereed Journal Articles
Byrne, V. L. & Donlan, A. E. (In Press). A mid-semester evaluation of college teaching to improve online teaching effectiveness. Online Learning Journal, 24(2).

Donlan, A. E. & Byrne, V. L. (2020). Confirming the factor structure of a research-based mid-semester evaluation for college teaching. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1177/0734282920903165

Donlan, A.E., Loughlin, S., & Byrne, V. L. (2019). The Fearless Teaching Framework: A model to synthesize foundational education research for university instructors. To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development, 38(1), 33-49. https://doi.org/10.1002/tia2.20087

Refereed Book Chapters & Sections
Byrne, V. L. (In Press). Using a video game for learning ethical decision-making. In K. L. Guthrie & D. K. Jenkins (Eds.). Transforming learning: Instructional and Assessment Strategies for Leadership Education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Byrne, V. L. (2019). 7-day online leadership challenge. In J. M. Volpe White, K. L. Guthrie, & M. Torres (Eds.), Thinking with transform: Facilitating reflection in leadership learning (pp.44-45). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Byrne, V. L. (2019). Collaborative reflection video on VoiceThread. In J. M. Volpe White, K. L. Guthrie, & M. Torres (Eds.), Thinking with transform: Facilitating reflection in leadership learning (pp.48-49). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Byrne, V., Diaz, C., & Myers, J. (2017). The non-traditional patchwork of college women student leaders: A multidisciplinary reflection on theory. In P. Haber-Curran & J. Storberg-Walker (Eds.), Advancing Women and Leadership Theory (Vol. 5) (pp.183- 202). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Refereed Published Conference Publications McGrew, S. & Byrne, V. L. (2020). Teaching Wikipedia: Supporting students in lifelong learning. In Proceedings of International Conference for the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020. Nashville, TN

Killen, H. Coenraad, M., Byrne, V. L., Cabrera, L., Ketelhut, D. J., & Plane, J. (2020). Reimagining computational thinking professional development: Benefits of a community of practice model. In Proceedings of International Conference for the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020. Nashville, TN

Kang, S. Shokeen, E., Byrne, V. L., Norooz, L., Bonsignore, E., Williams-Pierce, C., & Froehlich J. (2020). ARMath: Augmenting everyday life with math learning. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Oahu, Hawai’i.

Coenraad, M., Mills, K., Byrne, V. L., & Ketelhut, D.J. (2020) Supporting teachers to integrate computational thinking equitably. In Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT 2020), Portland, Oregon, USA: IEEE.

Kang, S., Norooz, L., Bonsignore, E., Byrne, V., Clegg, T., Froehlich, J. (2019). PrototypAR: Prototyping and simulating complex systems with paper craft and augmented Reality. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC 2019) (pp. 253-266). Boise, ID. https://doi.org/10.1145/3311927.3323135

Byrne, V. L. (2018). Contemporary online learning design recommendations to support women’s cognitive development. In Proceedings of Learning @ Scale 2018. London, UK. https://doi.org/10.1145/3231644.3231688

Byrne, V. L., Kang, S., Norooz, L., Velez, R., Katzen, M., Addeh, A., Froehlich, J., Clegg., T. (2018). Scaffolding authentic scientific inquiry experiences for early elementary learners using wearable technology. In Proceedings of International Conference for the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018 (pp. 64 - 71). London, UK. https://doi.dx.org/10.22318/cscl2018.64

Kafai, Y., Horn, M., Danish, J., Humburg, M., Tu, X., Davis, B., Georgen, C., Enyedy, N., Blikstein, P., Clegg, T., Byrne, V., Norooz, L., Kang, S., Froehlich, J., Walker, J., Lui, D., Anderson, E., Bumbacher, E., Washington, P., Riedel-Kruse, I. (2018). Affordances of digital, textile and living media for designing and learning biology in K-12 education. In Proceedings of International Conference for the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018 (pp. 1275-1282). London, UK.

Kang, S., Norooz, L., Byrne, V., Clegg, T., Froehlich, J. (2018). Prototyping and simulating complex systems with paper craft and augmented reality: An initial investigation. In Proceedings of Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions (TEI) 2018. (pp. 320-328). Stockholm, Sweden. https://doi.org/10.1145/3173225.3173264

Clegg, T., Norooz, L., Kang, S., Byrne, V., Katzen, M., Valez, R., Plane, A., Oguamanam, V., Outing, T., Yip, J., Bonsignore, E., & Froehlich, J. (2017). Live physiological sensing & visualization ecosystems: An activity theory analysis. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 2029-2041). New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1145/3025453.3025987 [h5 index - 83]

Select Conference Presentations
Byrne, V. L. (2020, May). "You Might as Well Just All Agree with Each Other:” The Influence of Cyberbullying on Women’s Social Presence in Online Discussions. Presentation accepted at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab Symposium (virtual), College Park, MD.

Donlan, A. E. & Byrne, V. L. (2020, April). Effective teaching in active learning classrooms: Room use as a predictor of students’ learning experience. Poster accepted at the American Psychological Association Conference (canceled), Washington, D.C.

Byrne, V. L. & Donlan, A. E. (2020, April). Formative feedback to support graduate student instructors: using mid-semester feedback to develop reflective and effective future faculty. Presented accepted at the Graduate Enrollment Management Summit, NAGAP's Annual Conference (canceled), Orlando, FL.

Byrne, V. L. (2020, April). (Under)reporting incidents of cyberbullying in higher education. Poster accepted at the American Education Research Association (AERA) annual meeting (canceled), San Francisco, CA.

Jardine, H. Byrne, V. L., Williams, A., & Donlan, A. E. (2020, April). Academic peer mentorship as a leadership development experience: Fostering leadership self-efficacy. Poster accepted at the American Education Research Association (AERA) annual meeting (canceled), San Francisco, CA.

Byrne, V. L. (2019, September). A social media movement as a learning environment: Building a historical counternarrative of racism on campus. Poster presented at the Learning Sciences Graduate Student Research Conference. Chicago, IL.

Byrne, V. L. (2019, September). (Under)reporting incidents of cyberbullying in higher education: Implications for university legal officers. Presented at the Learning Sciences Graduate Student Research Conference. Chicago, IL.

Byrne, V. L. & Donlan, A. E. (2019, May). How to conduct evidence-based mid-semester evaluations in your online course. Presented at the Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning. Bethesda, MD.

Byrne, V. L. & Nkrumah, L. (2019, May). Creating an inclusive climate in your online learning environment. Presented at the Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning. Bethesda, MD.

Donlan, A. E. & Byrne, V. L. (2019, May). The Fearless teaching framework: A research-based model for effective teaching. Presented at the Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning. Bethesda, MD.

Byrne, V. L., Kang, S., Norooz, L., Froehlich, J., Clegg., T. (2019, April). Bringing life- relevant embodied learning with e-textiles into the classroom: Tensions with classroom rules and academic norms. Poster presented at American Educational Research Association annual meeting. Toronto, ON.

Byrne, V. L., Kang, S., Norooz, L., Froehlich, J., Clegg., T. (2019, April). Bringing life- relevant embodied learning with e-textiles into the classroom: Tensions with classroom rules and academic norms. Poster presented at University of Maryland College of Education Student Symposium, College Park, MD. [Best Poster Award]

Donlan, A. E. & Byrne, V. L. (2019, March). Gathering formative feedback on college teaching: Evidence-based mid-semester evaluation in higher education classrooms. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) annual meeting. Baltimore, MD.

Byrne, V. L. (2019, January). Fostering an inclusive online classroom climate. Presented at the 8th Annual Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship at Frostburg State University. Frostburg, MD.

Byrne, V. L., Higginbotham, B. L., & Donlan, A. E. (2018, November). Using Twitter to hear marginalized students after a racially-motivated murder on campus. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Tampa, FL.

Byrne, V. L. & Moses, P. S. (2018, October). College students’ anticipated peer interactions in an online course. Presented at the Learning Sciences Graduate Student Research Conference. Nashville, TN.

Donlan, A. E. & Byrne, V. L. (2018, August). Active learning classrooms in practice: How instructors use this resource. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association conference, San Francisco, CA.

Donlan, A. E., Stewart, M. & Byrne, V. L. (2018, May). How to design meaningful mid- semester evaluations. Presented at the Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning. Bethesda, MD.

Byrne, V. L. (2018, May). Contemporary online learning design recommendations to support women’s cognitive development. Presented at the Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning. Bethesda, MD.

Byrne, V. L., Velez, R., Kang, S., Norooz, L., Katzen, M., Froehlich, J., & Clegg, T. (2018, April). Scaffolding authentic wearable-based scientific inquiry for early elementary learners. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association annual meeting. New York, NY.

Byrne, V. L. (2018, April). Student online course evaluation: How institutional researchers evaluate high-quality online teaching. Paper presented in a roundtable at American Educational Research Association annual meeting. New York, NY.

Byrne, V. L., & Donlan, A. E. (2018, April). The impact of perceived instructor care on STEM student course grade prediction accuracy. Poster presented at the 2018 Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Byrne, V. L., & Licata, C. (2018, March). Using social media to assess campus climate: Findings from an analysis of student Tweets. Presented at the Annual NASPA Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Byrne, V. L. (2017, June). Behaviors of successful university students in an online course. Poster presented at the Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning. Bethesda, MD.

Byrne, V. L. (2017, May). Identifying trends in online student success through learning analytics. Poster presented at the University of Maryland Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference. College Park, MD.

Byrne, V. L. (2017, April). Divergent theories and measurements of online learning self-efficacy: Moving self-efficacy into web 2.0. Paper presented in a roundtable at American Educational Research Association annual meeting. San Antonio, TX. Byrne, V. L., Hammond-Graf, J., & Janet, C. (2016, November). Leadership development strategies for student athletes [Webinar]. In LeaderShape Webinar Series.

Ahlquist, J., Byrne, V. L., Endersby, L., Guthrie, K. L., Jenkins, D., & Phelps, K. (2016, November). Pre-conference Workshop: TEaCHing & learning leadership in the digital age. Pre-conference workshop presented at the 19th Annual Convention of the International Leadership Association, Atlanta, GA.

Byrne, V. (2014, October). Leadership education pedagogies in the digital age. Presented at the Annual Convention of the International Leadership Association, San Diego, CA.

Byrne, V. & Stone, J. (2014, April). Advising social change projects: Supporting student staff to make a difference. Presented at the Service Learning and Civic Engagement Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Byrne, V. (2013, October). Leadership learning pedagogies that promote civic agency. Presented at the Annual Convention of the International Leadership Association, Montreal, QB.

Byrne, V. (2012, March). Support your student staff with structured student leadership development plans. Presented at the ACPA National Convention, Louisville, KY.

Mahoney, A., Byrne, V., & Bunch, N. (2012, March). Creating positive sustainable change through a service leadership transition program. Presented at the annual ACPA National Convention, Louisville, KY.

Byrne, V. & Hemer, K. (2012, February). Civic engagement and public hope among millennials. Presented at the John C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values, Tallahassee, FL.