Dr. Erik T. Nelson
Dean, School of Continuing Studies
Assistant Professor of Education
Coordinator of Instructional Technology
Director of Arcadia Online
Erik T. Nelson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Instructional Technology program, Dean of the School of Continuing Studies and Director of Arcadia Online, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on the integration of technology into today's classrooms. Nelson earned his doctorate from Capella University; his dissertation research focused on the Effects of Online Problem-Based Learning on Teachers' Technology Integration Perceptions and Planning. His research aims to highlight how teachers can effectively learn to plan for the integration of technology through real world classroom scenarios and multidisciplinary activities.
Nelson began his education career in the Pennridge School District in 1985. For fifteen years, he taught fourth and sixth grades focusing on the areas of science and technology integration. While at Pennridge, he obtained a Master's degree from Arcadia University in the area of Computer Education. Upon completion of this degree in 1997, Erik accepted a position with Arcadia University, as an Adjunct Professor in the Education and Computer Science departments. In this position, he works with undergraduate and graduate students focusing on the use of technology as a partner in the learning process.
In the summer of 2000, he joined the university as the full-time Instructional Technology Specialist and in 2005 was promoted to Director of Instructional Technology. In 2008, Nelson was promoted to Assistant Dean for Distributed Learning and Director of Arcadia Online and then in 2009 to Dean of the School of continuing Studies. As Dean, he will manage The Center for Adult and Professional Studies (CAPE), Arcadia Online, and The Center for Summer Learning. Additionally, he will support the development of new online certificate and degree programs offered through the School of Continuing Studies. He continues to serve as an Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Instructional Technology graduate education program.