Dr. Juanita McMath earned her Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership, Instructional Technology from The University of Alabama’s College of Education in 2017. She served in professional, administrative positions at Florida State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and as an adjunct instructor at UAB. In 2010, Dr. McMath joined the UA faculty in the Department of Consumer Sciences, Institute for Interactive Technology (IIT) and Studies in Consumer Quality Management (CQM). She is the coordinator for CQM and co-coordinator for the IIT. Part of her administrative duties includes assessment of study areas and future direction, curriculum needs/development, and recruitment activities and marketing plans working with campus partners. Dr. McMath teaches online technology courses for Consumer Sciences for campus, distance and GoArmyEd students, has taught FYE courses, and taught an honors course. She advises and mentors graduate students, working with them on teaching capstone projects, and supervises teaching assistants. She is proud to be the recipient of a national advising award by the National Academic Advising Association. Dr. McMath’s conference presentations and publications explored topics of virtual leadership, technology as a tool for diversity, internationalizing schools, and cyberbullying. She has worked in an informal research partnership with an international consortium examining issues related to technology in multicultural settings. Dr. McMath’s current research centers on the Gray Divide and stage assessment related to technology adoption by older adults, expanding this topic to include e-commerce and e-health. Within the area of quality, her research will evaluate hardware, software, and technology training for seniors.
The faculty members in The Institute for Interactive Technology reflect today's workplace, meaning one in which the geography that matters relates more to access to the Internet than physical proximity. Faculty members use SKYPE®, ICQ®, various forms of Instant Messaging (IM), pod-casting, blogs, and wikis to work collaboratively; therefore, they are located throughout the USA and the world, as well as having a presence on campus. The Institute for Interactive Technology has a physical presence in Adams Hall. Other resources beyond the faculty include a growing list of IIT Fellows, practicing technologists and organizational leaders in elearning and training in higher education, non-profit organizations in the USA and abroad, governmental agencies, and private-sector groups. These fellows assist with the development of materials, serve as peer reviewers, and support the program with their expertise.