Online Teaching: Presence and Engagement

March 9 - 22, 2020 | Online


  Vanessa Dennen

Vanessa Dennen is a Professor of Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies at Florida State University and the Co-editor in Chief of The Internet and Higher Education. She has a PhD from Indiana University (2001) and an MS from Syracuse University (1995). Her research focuses on emerging technologies for formal and informal learning, networked knowledge activities, and the development of identity and community in online environments. Vanessa has authored more than 75 journal articles and book chapters, which have appeared in publications such as Instructional Science; Distance Education; Computers in Human Behavior; The Handbook of Distance Education; and The Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology, among others. Additionally, she has co-edited Virtual Professional Development and Informal Learning in Online Environments (2013; with Jennifer B. Myers) and Social Presence and Identity in Online Learning (2019; with Patrick Lowenthal). At Florida State University, Vanessa teaches courses on instructional design and research methods for new and emerging technologies and has served as ISLT Program Coordinator since 2008. She has received seven teaching and mentoring awards at FSU since 2013. More information can be found at


  Christian Hofer

Christian Hofer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management at the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College of Business. Dr. Hofer received his PhD from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a BA with Honors in General and International Business from the European School of Business in Reutlingen, Germany and Reims Management School, France. Dr. Hofer teaches supply chain management courses and seminars in the doctoral, executive MBA, full-time MBA and undergraduate programs. His research interests focus on competitive dynamics in supply chain management. This research examines how companies learn from and copy rivals’ logistics and operations management activities in an effort to gain competitive advantage. He has published numerous articles in journals such as Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Retailing, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Transport Economics and Policy and Transportation Research Part E. He has also authored book and textbook chapters. Dr. Hofer is the recipient of several faculty, teaching, best reviewer and best paper awards, including the 2012 Journal of Operations Management Jack Meredith Best Paper Award. Prior to returning to academia in 2003, Dr. Hofer worked as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Munich, Germany.