Teri Wagner

Teri Wagner

Teri Wagner studied psychology at Roanoke College and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech. She taught public school for a total of seven years and worked as an independent software trainer, consultant, and developer before joining the Hollins faculty in the summer of 2016. Her professional research interests focus on developing authentic learning environments through design-based learning, effectively integrating technology into the curriculum, and exploring issues in educational reform. Professor Wagner is also using her expertise in instructional design to build the online learning community at Hollins, not only in the education department but across campus.

Areas of Expertise

  • Instructional Technology
  • Design-based Learning
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • STEM Education
  • Transdisciplinary Learning
  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 141/151: Schooling in American Society
  • EDUC 307/507: Psychology Applied to Teaching and Learning
  • EDUC 348/548: Classroom Technology Integration
  • EDUC 470/670: Student Teaching
  • EDUC 546: Designing and Assessing Instruction


  • B.A., (psychology), Roanoke College
  • M.A., (curriculum and instruction), Virginia Tech
  • Ph.D., (instructional design and technology), Virginia Tech

Publications & Articles

  • Lepczyk, B., Wagner, T., & Cennamo, K. S. (in press). Choreography as design: A case study of a transdisciplinary university course. Featured article in the Journal of Dance Education. 30 pp.
  • Wagner, T., Baum, L., and Newbill, P. (2014). From rhetoric to real world: Transdisciplinary collaboration to foster higher-order thinking. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 51 (6), 664-673.
  • Wagner, T. & Cennamo, K.S. (2017, March 6-10). "Benefits and Challenges of Design-Based Learning in a Middle School Classroom." Paper presented at the 28th annual conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Austin, Texas.
  • Wagner, T. & Cennamo, K.S. (2015). "It’s Hard, but Worth It: The Benefits and Challenges of Design-Based Learning." Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Indianapolis, Indiana.


  • Southwest Virginia Professional Education Consortium member, 2016 – present
  • Hollins University Mellon Fellows Writing Scholar, 2017 – 2018
  • Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow curricula review team member, 2016