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Zeni Colorado-Resa

Assistant Dean for Academic Accreditation and Operations
College of Education
Phone: 541-346-7543


Dr. Colorado-Resa has worked in the field of education for over 20 years.  She began her career as a secondary educator and later computer resource teacher in Virginia, transitioned into instructional design and technology roles in higher education, and after receiving her doctorate at the University of Kansas, became faculty at Emporia State University in Kansas.  There she served in a variety of roles, including Professor and Department Chair for the Instructional Design and Technology Department and most recently, Associate Dean of The Teachers College.  As Associate Dean she coordinated the college’s educator preparation accreditation and assessment practices and reports, coordinated, and monitored the curricular review process; and oversaw the Office of Field Placement and Licensure. 

Dr. Colorado-Resa has served as a site reviewer for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and has held various leadership roles for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), including president of the Research and Theory Division and as a member of the Board of Directors.  Her research interests include educator preparation, technology management, self-regulated learning, social community in the classroom, and integrating technology into teaching. She has received numerous awards including the Emporia State University Graduate Mentor Award, The Teachers College Service Award, and AECT awards for Presidential and Division Service.


Ph.D., University of Kansas-Lawrence, KS, May 2006
Major: Curriculum and Instruction
Emphasis: Educational Communications and Technology
Minor: Human Learning and Development
Dissertation: The Relationship of Self-Regulated Learning and Academic Performance in an Online Course Environment

M.S.Ed., Old Dominion University-Norfolk, VA, August 2000
Major: Secondary Education
Emphasis: Instructional Design and Technology

B.A., James Madison University-Harrisonburg, VA, December 1996
Major: English
Concentration: Professional/Creative Writing
Minors:  Secondary Education, Spanish
Earned Virginia Teacher Certification in English Education 8-12

Honors and Awards

2018 Emporia State University Graduate Mentor Award
2017 Research and Theory Division, Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Exceptional Service Award
2014 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Special Service Award
2013 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Presidential Award
2012 AECT Research and Theory Division Award for Three Year Service as President
2012 Emporia State University Teachers College Excellence in Service Award


Brewer, J. & Colorado, J.T. (In-Press).  Triangulating Evidence: The Crosswalk Matrix. In R. West Burns, E. Garin, & V. O’Neill (Eds.) Clinically Based Teacher Education in Action: Cases Demonstrating Excellence in Accreditation. Information Age Publishing.

Colorado, J.T. (2021). The Teachers College, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Advanced Interim Self-Study Report and Addendum, Emporia State University.

Romero-Hall, Enilda, Aldemir, Tugce, Colorado-Resa, Jozenia, Dickson-Deane, Camille, Watson, Ginger S., & Sadaf, Ayesha. (2018). Undisclosed stories of instructional design female scholars in academia. Women's Studies International Forum, 71, 28.

Howell, D., Tseng, D.C., & Colorado-Resa, J.T. (2017). Fast Assessments with Digital Tools Using Multiple-Choice Questions. College Teaching, 65(3), 145-7.

Moore, D. R. & Colorado, J.T. (2014). The role of the mega-institution in advancing mentorship through an early career symposium. In M. Trube & A. Howley (Eds.) Mentoring in the Professions: Orienting Toward the Future. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Colorado, J.T. & D’Souza, J. (2012).  Using VoiceThread to Enhance Online Discussions. National Social Sciences Technology Journal, 2(4). Available at

Eberle, J.H. & Colorado, J.T. (2012). I Do and I Learn: Integrating Technology Through Collaborative Project-Based Learning.  El Cajon, CA: National Social Science Press.

Colorado, J.T. & Eberle, J.H. (2010). Student demographics and success in online learning environments. Emporia State Research Studies, 46(2), 4-10.

Colorado, J.T. & Eberle, J.H. (2010). Web accessibility essentials for online course developers. In H. Song & T. Kidd (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Human Performance and Instructional Technology. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Colorado, J.T. & Howell, D. (2010). The role of individual learner differences and success in online learning environments. In T. Kidd (Ed.), Online Education and Adult Learning: New Frontiers for Teaching Practice. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.