Florida State University’s Robert Reiser, associate dean of research at the College of Education and the Robert M. Morgan Professor of Instructional Systems, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT), the field’s major professional organization.
For more than 40 years, the Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies program at Florida State University has been recognized as one of the premier programs in the field of instructional design and technology. Many of the leading figures in the field have served or are currently serving on the faculty, including Reiser.
“I am honored to have received the Distinguished Service Award from AECT,” Reiser said. “I was very touched by the warm reception I received when I was presented with the award at the AECT conference.”
Reiser received the award in recognition of his accomplishments and contributions to the field. The award recognizes “exemplars from innovation, creative development, outstanding leadership, scholarly works and professional practice.” The AECT Awards Committee selects a winner each year through an extensive review process.
With about 2,500 members, AECT is the leading professional organization in the field of instructional design and technology. Since joining the organization in 1975, Reiser’s service to AECT has included serving for 20 years on the editorial board for its major research journal, founding and chairing the awards committee of the largest AECT division for 25 years, organizing innumerable presidential sessions and helping plan several international conferences.
Reiser has published five books and more than 75 articles during his career, and he has shared bylines with some of the greatest names in instructional systems, including Robert Gagné and Walter Dick.
Reiser received the University Distinguished Teacher Award from Florida State in 2000, which is the highest teaching award given by the university. He has also received outstanding book awards from AECT on three separate occasions.
As the associate dean of research in the FSU College of Education, Reiser helps faculty members identify opportunities for external funding and grant opportunities. During his time in this position, the grant activity in the college, as measured by yearly grant expenditures, has tripled.
To learn more about Reiser’s career, visit researchinterests.coe.fsu.edu/rreiser.