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James Lehman

James D. Lehman

Professor Emeritus​
Learning Design & Technology
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James D. Lehman is a professor of learning design and technology, associate dean for faculty development in the College of Education, and the director of the Discovery Learning Research Center at Purdue. His scholarship and teaching focuses on technology integration in education particularly in the STEM disciplines, e-learning, project-based learning, and interactive multimedia. He has published more than 50 refereed journal articles and book chapters and is co-author of Educational technology for teaching and learning, an educational technology textbook now in its 4th edition. He has secured grant funding totaling approximately $20 million and is currently involved in two NSF-funded projects, PD4CS: Professional Development for Computer Science which focuses on online professional development of teachers of computer science and 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

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.

Richardson, J. C., Fox, W., & Lehman, J. D. (2012). Successful videoconferencing scenarios for teacher education programs. Tech Trends, 56(5), 17-24.

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.


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

Associate Dean for Faculty Development, College of Education, Purdue University, June 2015-present.

Associate Dean for Discovery and Faculty Development, College of Education, Purdue University, October 2009-May 2015.

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

Professor, Learning Design and Technology (formerly Educational Technology) program, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Purdue University, 1996-present

Co-Director, Technology Resources Center, School of Education, Purdue University, 1993-2000.

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.

Instructor, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, 1980-1983.

Professional Memberships

American Educational Research Association
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Association for Educational Communications and Technology
International Society for Technology in Education
National Association for Research in Science Teaching