Nicol R. Howard, PhD is currently an assistant professor and program coordinator in the School of Education (Department of Teaching and Learning) at the University of Redlands. Nicol has served as an educator in various capacities over the past 20 years. She has taught at the high school level (9th – 12th grades and Special Education), grades K through 5, and she was a Program Specialist in Personalized and Blended Learning. Nicol has also taught in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University.
In addition to teaching, Nicol has served as chair for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning SIG and co-chaired the International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE's) Digital Equity Network. She has served on the board of directors for the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE), where she is currently the co-chair for their Technology and Teacher Education SIG, Policy Committee, and the Spring Policy Action Network (SPAN).
Nicol's past and present experiences, along with the notion of equity in education (specifically achievement), influence her commitment as an educator, researcher, learner, and educational writer. She has facilitated multiple courses and professional learning opportunities for teachers related to educational technology, learning theories, and research methods. Her personal research interests are related to STEM equity, specifically the academic and parental support of students of color, digital equity, and issues related to equity in professional learning for teachers.
In addition to her teaching and research background, Nicol is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Microsoft Surface Expert, Certified Microsoft Innovative Expert and Trainer, and she is Raspberry Pi Certified. She is the recent recipient of ISTE's Making IT Happen Award and an Outstanding Faculty Award in Service at he University of Redlands, as well as the recipient of an honorable mention for ISTE's Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.
Nicol's concern for certain inequities in education and her research projects have led to publications in educational journals, such as the Urban Education Journal, e-Learning and Digital Media, the International Journal of Educational Technology, and Educause. She has also written for ISTE, Edutopia, and Corwin Connect. She has co-authored the following books: Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers through Connected Resources, Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for Teacher Prep Programs, Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for the K-12 Classroom, Coding+Math: Strengthen K-5 Math Skills with Computer Science. Nicol is also the co-founder and co-editor for the Journal of Computer Science Integration.