Peter Shea
Associate Professor

School of Education
Department: Educational Theory and Practice

Afilliated Faculty
Department of Information Science, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
ED 114A


Research Interests

Student and faculty experience in technology-mediated teaching and learning, teaching presence, community in asynchronous learning networks

Additional Information

Dr. Peter Shea is currently Associate Provost for Online Learning and provides leadership and strategy for online teaching and learning in collaboration with academic, administrative, and support units across the University. Dr. Shea joined the department of Educational Theory and Practice in Fall 2004 with a joint appointment with the Department of Informatics in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His research focuses on technology-mediated teaching and learning in higher education. He is the author of numerous articles and several book chapters on the topic of online learning and co-author of "The Successful Distance Learning Student". He is a co-recipient of several national awards including the EDUCAUSE Award for Systemic Progress in Teaching and Learning for the State University of New York, and Sloan Consortium Awards for Excellence in Faculty Development and Asynchronous Learning Networks Programs.

Dr. Shea has also been the recipient of significant external funding for his recent work. This includes three grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to research faculty and student experiences in complete online learning environments and support for the development of hybrid learning environments at the University at Albany. He is now principal investigator on a US Department of Education grant to research and develop an online system to support the teaching of Chinese to children in K-12 public schools.

Previously Dr. Shea was the Director of the SUNY Learning Network, the online education system for the 64 colleges of the State University of New York. Dr. Shea has also served as manager of the SUNY Teaching, Learning, and Technology Program and Project Director for SUNY's participation in the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT), an international collaboration for peer review of discipline specific online learning resources. He is also a member of the USNY Technology Policy Council.