Informal Outreach Academic Specialist
(June 2012-present). Joint appointment: Co-manager of Education Team, Michigan State University Museum (75%) and Department of Teacher Education (25%), East Lansing, MI

Visiting Assistant Professor (August 2011-May 2012). Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Instructor of Record and Teaching Assistant (May 2008-August 2011). Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

  • “Teaching Social Studies to Diverse Learners” (TE 401, traditional). Instructor of record. Fall 2010.  Developed construction of knowledge of social studies content and methods in  senior-level students during their elementary social studies classroom placements
  • “Reflections on Learning” (TE 150, traditional). Instructor of record. Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010. Taught foundational educational psychology principles and emphasizing applications to formal and informal learning environments to pre-service teachers
  • “Reflections on Learning” (TE 150, traditional). Grader. Spring 2010. Assisted with classroom activities, including groupwork, and grading student essays and weekly responses journals for students in MSU College of Education’s Global Education cohort
  • “Electronic Portfolios for Teaching and Learning” (CEP 813, online). Teaching assistant. Spring 2010, Spring 2011. Directed and evaluated semester-long project of graduate students, who created individual electronic portfolios to showcase and evaluate their own students’ (K-16) classroom work
  • “Capstone Course” (ED 870/CEP 807, online). Teaching assistant. Summer 2008, Summer 2009, Spring 2011, Summer 2011. Directed and evaluated semester-long project of graduate students, who created individual electronic portfolios to showcase and evaluate their learning during the completion of the Master of Educational Technology (MAET) degree

Editorial Assistant (June 2006-May 2008). Museums & Social Issues journal, East Lansing, MI

  • Assistant to the editor-in-chief
  • Journal article fact checking, research, and copy editing
  • Managed author contracts, records, correspondence, and journal database

Virtual Outreach Program Academic Specialist (January 2004-June 2006).  Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, MI

  • Developed and facilitated virtual field trips at the MSU Museum for K-12 audiences in Michigan and nationwide using videoconferencing equipment
  • Evaluated educational materials and programming
  • Coordinated program promotion
  • Designed and updated program website
  • Created and presented “MSI: Museum Scene Investigation” virtual program. Presented 51 programs to 1,750 Grade 3-6 students in 21 Michigan and 22 out-of-state schools
  • Grant writing and research


Ph.D., Educational Psychology & Educational Technology, Michigan State University College of Education, East Lansing, MI. Areas: Educational psychology, informal learning environments, and teaching with primary sources

M.A., American Studies, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Fields in historic preservation, place studies, and museum education

B.A., History with Museum Studies Certification, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI



  • (2016). Experiential learning for teacher professional development at historic sites. Journal of Experiential Education, 39(2), 130-144.
  • (2015). Reservoirs of meaning: Engaging students in historical inquiry at museums. Book review, Teaching and Research in Social Education, 43(2), 284-288.
  • (2013). Faculty expectations and interests in university museums as teaching and research resources. Informal Learning Review, 122, 20-24.
  • (2011). Children’s Recollections of a Historical House Visit: Recall of Experiences Using Cognitive Tools. Visitor Studies, 14(1), 34-47.
  • (2007). Dynamic museum place: Exploring the multi-dimensional museum environment. Journal of Museum Education, 32(3), 197-207.
  • (2007). With Morrissey, K., & Alvarado, G. Taking videoconferencing to the next level: Creating a model for museum virtual field trips. In D. Newman, P. Barbanell, J. Falco, & S. Silverman (Eds.), Videoconferencing technology in K-12 instruction: Best practices and trends (pp. 20-34). Hershey: PA: IGI.
  • (2006). Understanding Michigan Indian sovereignty and treaties: Negotiating the past, navigating the future. Curriculum package. East Lansing, MI: Nokomis Learning Center.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Blair, D. J., Goforth, T., & Larimore, R. (2016, September). Infusing content for young visitors into existing museum spaces. Round table presentation for the American Association for State and Local History/Michigan Museums Association joint annual conference, Detroit, MI.
  • Blair, D. J., & Worrall, M. (2015, November). International African and American Museum Professionals Mentoring/Exchange Program, a project of the U.S.-Africa Cultural Heritage Strategic Partnership Initiative (USACHSPI) by the International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM) (2012-2015). Convening meeting in Rabat, Morocco.
  • Blair, D. J., Worrall, M., & Pineda, B. (2015, November). Connecting middle schoolers to Morocco in an international school-museum collaboration. Presentation for the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Thompson, P., & Blair, D. J. (2015, November). From web presence to telepresence: Media vividness and interactivity in historic site websites. Paper for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Ratan, R., Beasley, J., Blair, D. J., Fordham, J., Powell, P., Schutter, T., & Terry, Z. (2015, July). Playing with gender: Examining how learning games can adapt to user characteristics to maximize positive outcomes. Presentation for Games+Learning+Society annual conference, Madison, WI.
  • Phung, T., Blair, D. J., Starr, J., & Van Horn, S. (2015, April). Preservice teachers’ reflection on museum education: A discursive reading of the impact of educational designs. Paper at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Baron, C., Blair, D., Schrum, K., & Woyshner, C. (2015, January). What should history teachers learn at historic sites? A research agenda. Panel presentation at the American Historical Association annual meeting, New York, NY.
  • Carroll, A., Ratan, R., Blair, D. J., & O’Donnell, C. (2014, October). Too many masters? – Balancing entertainment and education in serious games. Panel presentation at Meaningful Play annual conference, East Lansing, MI.
  • Blair, D. J. (2014, February 28-March 2). Experiential learning as a pedagogical approach to teacher professional development at historic sites. Invited American Educational Research Association Research Conference participant at “What Are History Teachers Learning at Historic Sites?” Boston University, Boston, MA.
  • Van Horn, S., Blair, D. J., & Starr, J. (2013, October). Accessing informal learning environments. Session at the Michigan Art Education Association annual conference, Mackinac Island, MI.
  • Blair, D. J., Stanford, M., & Hudson, G. W. (2013, July).  Faculty interest in university museums as teaching and research resources. Poster presented at the Visitor Studies Association annual meeting, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Blair, D. J. (2013, July).  Children’s conceptual understandings of multimodal historic site sources. Poster presented at the Visitor Studies Association annual meeting, Milwaukee, WI.


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