James Lehman

James D. Lehman

Professor Emeritus​
Learning Design & Technology
Link to Curriculum Vitae


James D. Lehman is a professor emeritus of learning design and technology. Prior to his retirement from full-time faculty work, he served in several leadership positions including associate dean for research and faculty development in the College of Education, head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and the director of the Discovery Learning Research Center at Purdue. His scholarly interests focus on technology integration in education particularly in the STEM disciplines, e-learning, project-based learning, and computer science education. He has published more than 50 refereed journal articles and book chapters and is co-author of the textbook Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning. He has received about $20 million in grant funding, and he is currently involved in an NSF-funded project, SLED: Science Learning through Engineering Design, which focuses on integrating engineering design as a vehicle for teaching science in the elementary grades. Professor Lehman is a member of Purdue’s Teaching Academy and was inducted into its Book of Great Teachers.


Ph.D. in Science Education, Purdue University, 1979
M.S. in Biology, Purdue University, 1975
B.S. in Biology, Purdue University, 1983

Select Publications

Qian, Y., & Lehman, J. D. (2017). Students’ misconceptions and other difficulties in introductory programming: A literature review. ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 18(1), 1-23. DOI: 10.1145/3077618

Lehman, J. D., Kim, W., & Harris, C. (2014). Collaborations in a community of practice working to integrate engineering design in elementary science education. Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 15(3), 21-28.

Newby, T. J., Stepich, D. A., Lehman, J. D., Russell, J. D., & Ottenbreit-Leftwich, A. (2011). Educational technology for teaching and learning, 4th ed. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon/Pearson Education, Inc.

Ertmer, P. A., Richardson, J. C., Lehman, J. D., Newby T. J., Cheng, X., Mong, C, & Sadaf, A. (2010). Peer feedback in a large undergraduate blended course: Perceptions of value and learning. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 43(1), 67-88.

Lehman, J. D., George, M., Buchanan, P., & Rush, M. (2006). Preparing teachers to use problem-centered, inquiry-based science: Lessons from a four-year professional development project. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning, 1(1), 76-99.


Professor, Learning Design and Technology, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Purdue University, 1996-2017.

Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, College of Education, Purdue University, 2009-2015, 2016-2017.

Director, Discovery Learning Research Center, Discovery Park, Purdue University, 2015-2016.

Head, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Purdue University, August 2002-December 2009.

Interim Director, Center for Instructional Excellence, Purdue University, 1999.

Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, Purdue University, 1988-1996.

Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Purdue University, 1983-1988.

Professional Memberships

American Educational Research Association
Association for Educational Communications and Technology

Courses Taught

EDCI 51300
EDCI 59100
EDCI 66000