Dr. Jessica Cannon
I am passionate about developing innovative and inclusive learning experiences.
I am a change agent inspiring other educators in using educational technologies, a collaborator for instructional practices and assessment, and a coach for research-based, data-driven learning design across all delivery modalities and faculty development activities.
Please scroll down to explore my portfolio examples (categorized below) followed by highlights from my resume.
My entire collection of on-demand faculty resources is available using the resources button below. Specific quick links are also provided to the Online and Hybrid Instructional Activities Index and Accessibility materials.
Associate Professor of History with tenure, University of Central Missouri (at UCM since 2010)
Certified VALUE Rubric Scorer, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2017-18
Intern and Independent Researcher, History Office, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX 2007-08
Selected Leadership Experience
Lead Faculty for Inquiry and Analysis SLO Rubric, UCM General Education Program & University Assessment, 2022-present
Faculty & Professional Development: Developing calls for proposals and scheduling participants and events for multiple conferences, ranging from 100 on-site in-person attendees up to 900 virtual global participants: SIDLIT, Accessibility Summer Camp, and UCM Faculty Senate Teaching and Research Conference, 2016-present
Chair, General Education Program Inquiry and Analysis Rubric Workgroup, Faculty Senate Assessment Committee, 2021-22
Instructional Design Liaison (faculty development and instructional design support position) for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, 2018-2021
History Program Coordinator, 2016-18
Education & Certifications
Ph.D. in History (2010), M.A. in History (2006), Rice University
M.S. Education Technology, anticipated December 2023 from the University of Central Missouri
B.A. History, Wake Forest University
A.A. Frederick Community College (Maryland)
Assistive Technology Certificate (Assistive Technology Specialist), California State University, Northridge (2021)
Accessibility Continuing Education (3 courses), Wichita State University (2018-2021)
Project Management for Instructional Designers, Online Learning Consortium (2019)
Instructional Designer Certificate, Online Learning Consortium (2018)
Quality Matters Peer Reviewer (since 2014) and Master Reviewer (since 2016)
Selected Awards and Honors
2022 Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, UCM
Summer Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath, 2021
CARES Act Grant for Accessibility Professional Development at CSUN, 2021
UCM University Assessment Award, 2019
Nominee for the Innovation in Teaching Award, Colleague-2-Colleague (Midwest instructional design association), 2016
UCM Honors College Faculty Fellow, 2011-12
Selected Presentations & Publications
Invited panelist: "Artificial Intelligence: Writing and Large Language Models," College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UCM, with guest panelist Antonio Byrd of the MLA & CCCC Joint Task Force on Writing and AI, Sept. 2023.
Article: "Changing our Classrooms to Address COVID-19's Impact on Cognition," C2C Digital Magazine (spring/summer 2023).
Conference presentation: "Accessibility Considerations in the Higher Education Classroom," Accessibility Summer Camp, June 2023.
Invited presentation: "How to Learn: A Student Support Module for Any Classroom," UCM Digital Learning and Instructional Innovation, March 2023.
Conference presentation: "Immersive Empathy: Exploring the Lives of Civil War Americans" as part of the panel "The Experiential Civil War: A Pedagogy Roundtable," Missouri Conference on History, March 2023.
Peer-reviewed chapter: "Revisioning Accessibility in Higher Education Post COVID-19," in Shalin Hai-Jew, ed., Handbook of Research on Revisioning and Reconstructing Higher Education After Global Crises (Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2023).
Textbook: Robynn Kuhlmann and Jessica Cannon, Show Me Missouri Politics: A Guidebook to the Missouri Constitution. 2nd ed. (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2022).
Invited workshops: "Aligning Your Course Assignments with the Gen Ed Rubrics" (March 2022), and "General Education Assessment Rubric Development" (Oct. 2021), for the UCM Office of Assessment.
Article: "Averting Enrollment Disaster: Recruiting and Retaining Majors in a Digital Environment," C2C Digital Magazine (fall 2020/winter 2021).
Websites (faculty development): CAHSS Instructional Resources and its various sub-pages for UCM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, 2020-21.
Article: "Increasing Student-to-Student Engagement: Applying Conrad and Donaldson's 'Phases of Engagement' in the Online Classroom," C2C Digital Magazine, (fall 2019/winter, 2020).
Organized and led over a dozen faculty development workshops for the College of Education and College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UCM (example), 2019-2021.
Invited presentation: "Beyond the Battlefield: Antietam's Impact on America," Civil War Roundtable of the Ozarks, Springfield, MO, Nov. 2019.
Organized and facilitated Pedagogy Chat Series, 2018.
Filmed, edited, and produced the video "On the Trail of History: The Battle of Antietam," 2017.
Article: "Augmented Reality Course Projects Make History Come Alive," C2C Digital Magazine, (spring/summer 2016).
Conference presentation: "Capitalizing on the War: Baltimore's Economic Boom, Maryland's Wartime Bust," Society for Civil War Historians, June 2014.
Invited keynote address: "Antietam at 150: Memory and Meanings through Time," 30th Anniversary Honors Student Association Celebration, Frederick Community College, Sept. 2012.
About the Author
I am originally from Maryland. I enjoy learning new things and sharing resources to help others succeed. Outside of work I have volunteered at a wildlife rescue and the National World War I Museum, enjoy bird-watching, kayaking, photography, and seeing new places or historic sites.