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Anthony A. Piña, Ed.D.​

Dean of Online Studies
Distinguished Lecturer of Graduate Studies
Sullivan University System Online
2100 Gardiner Lane
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 413-8848


Doctor of Education Degree in Leadership (Educational Technology emphasis)
   La Sierra University, Riverside, CA

Post-graduate study and internships in Educational Technology
   Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Master of Education Degree in Educational Psychology (Instructional Psychology & Technology emphasis)
   Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish, minor in Psychology (Teaching emphasis)
   Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Associate of Arts Degree in Spanish Language and Culture
   Brigham Young University, Provo, UT


I serve currently as Dean of Online Studies for the Sullivan University System, Kentucky's largest private regionally accredited (SACS) university.  I oversee academic and technology functions of Sullivan University System Online, providing over 500 online and hybrid courses and more than four dozen online degree programs, certificates and concentrations for over 3,500 students.  I also hold rank as Distinguished Lecturer in the Graduate College. 
During the past 27 years in the field of instructional technology and distance learning, I have taught at the middle school, high school, community college and university levels and have served at all levels in my chosen field (teacher, trainer, staff developer, multimedia developer, instructional designer and manager). I have taught face-to-face, hybrid/blended and fully online courses, have helped other colleagues create and teach online courses and have developed regionally accredited online masters and Ph.D. degree programs. I have overseen instructional technology and distance education at multiple institutions and serve as a visiting peer reviewer for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges.    

Before coming to Sullivan, I was Coordinator of Learning Technologies at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago IL. and Coordinator of Educational Technology at College of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA.  I have also taught for California State University-San Bernardino, La Sierra University, Rio Salado College and Brigham Young University.

I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to serve my professional community in a number of leadership positions.  Current, I am serving as President-Elect of the Division of Distance Learning of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).  I have allso served as a member of teh AECT Board of Directors, President of the Community College Association for Instruction and Technology, Vice President of Cahuilla Computer Using Educators, Inc., member of advisory boards of two post-secondary educational institutions and a K-12 educational foundation, planning committees for 20 professional conferences, and the editorial/review boards of four scholarly journals. 

Recently, I had the privilege of being the Keynote Speaker at the annual Distance Learning Administration Conference.

Although my administrative positions do not require that I "publish or perish," I have had wonderful mentors and examples over the years that have inspired me to continue writing and presenting.  During my career, I have had the opportunity to deliver over 160 conference presentations and about 200 training workshops. I have had over 40 academic publishcations (most of which are in peer-reviewed books and journals) and I am currently working on my third book on distance education.  I believe that engaging actively in my professional field makes me a better asset to my institution.  For the same reason, I have chosen to be an administrator who teaches classes throughout the year, as I feel that I become more capable and compassionate toward students and faculty when I am "in the trenches" along with them.  Also, I am really a teacher at heart.

In addition to my academic experiences, I have performed outside technology training, multimedia/ instructional development, website development, research and other consultation services. It has been my privilege to be able to work as a consultant/contractor to Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense, small businesses, law enforcement agencies, community organizations and K-12 schools, colleges and universities.



Now comes the important information:  I am very happily married to Teresa. Our lives have been blessed abundantly by the addition (some biologically and some through adoption) of our six children: Heather, Kellie, Lisa, Emily, Serena and Alex.
In my "spare" time, I enjoy playing guitar, bass, drums and a bit of banjo (my family is wonderfully indulgent) and singing with my golden-throated wife and children.


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My Curriculum Vita

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Courses Taught

  • GRAD 710 Research Design & Analysis
  • GRAD 731 Effective Design & Delivery of Instruction
  • MGT 795 Doctoral Seminar: Proposal Development
  • MGT 696 Management Externship 
  • MPM 580 Leading Educational Organizations
  • MPM 581 Managing Educational Technology
  • MPM 582 Educational Innovaiton & Entrepreneurship
  • HRL 431 Corporate Training
  • PLA 301 Prior Learning Assessment

Recent Publications


  • Piña, A. A. & Huett, J. (205 in progress). Beyond the Online Course.
  • Piña, A. A. & Mizell, A. P. (Eds.) (2014). Real Life Distance Education: Case Studies in Practice. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Piña, A. A. (2008).  Distance Learning and the Institution: Foundations, Importance and Implementation. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Publishing.

Pe​er-Reviewed Book Chapters and Journal Articles

  • Piña, A. A (2015, in press). Data Streaming. In J. M. Spector (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Educational Technology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
  • Piña, A. A (2015, in press). Open Content Licensing. In J. M. Spector (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Educational Technology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
  • Piña, A. A. & Bohn, L. (2014). Asessing Online Faculty: More than Student Surveys and Design Rubrics. Quarterly Review of Distance Education 15(3).
  • Piña, A. A. & Mizell, A. P. (2014). Distance Education in Real Life. In A. A. Piña & A. P. Mizell (Eds.). Real Life Distance Education: Case Studies in Practice. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Piña, A. A. & Scheinbuks, J. (2014). Experiences in Cross-Institution Online Teaching Collaborations.In A. A. Piña & A. P. Mizell (Eds.). Real Life Distance Education: Case Studies in Practice. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Harris, B. R. & Piña, A. A. (2014). Incorporating Self-Regulated Learning Strategies in Online Courses. In A. A. Piña & A. P. Mizell (Eds.). Real Life Distance Education: Case Studies in Practice. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Ashbaugh, M. L. & Piña, A. A. (2014). Improving Instructional Design Processes Through Leadership Thiking and Modeling. In B. Hokanson & A. Gibbons (Eds.) Design in Educational Technology: Design thinking, design process and the design studio.  New York, NY: Springer.
  • Piña, A. A (2013). Learning Management Systems: A Look at the Big Picture. In Y. Kats (Ed.) Learning Management Systems and Instructional Design: Metrics, Standards and Applications. Hershey, PA: Information Science Research.
  • Piña, A. A., Bohn, L. & Lyons, J. (2011). Investigating and Implementing Online Student Identity Verification. e-Mentor 38(1).
  • Harris, B. R., Lindner, R. W. & Piña, A. A. (2011). Promoting Self-Regulated Learning Strategies in Online Learning Environments. In G. Dettori & D. Perisco (Eds.) Fostering Self Regulated Learning Through ICTs. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Scheinbuks, J. & Piña, A. A. (2010). Building Virtual Bridges With Online Teaching Partnerships. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning 7(6).
  • Piña, A. A. & Bohn, L. (2010). Best Practices for LMS Integration into a Professional Doctoral Program. Instructional Practice in Higher Education 1(1).
  • Piña, A. A. (2010). Online Diploma Mills: Implications for Legitimate Distance Education. Distance Education 31(1)​
  • Piña, A. A. (2010). An Overview of Commercial Learning Management Systems.  In Y. Kats (Ed.) Learning Management Systems Technologies and Software Solutions for Online Teaching: Tools and Applications. Hershey, PA: Information Science Publications.
  • Scheinbuks, J. & Piña, A. A. (2010).  Online Teaching Partnerships in Diverse Socio-Economic Institutions. In S. Mukerji & P. Tripathi (Eds.) Cases on Technological Adaptability and Transnational Learning: Issues and Challenges. Hershey, PA: Information Science Publications.
  • Piña, A. A. (2009). How Online Diploma Mills Hurt e-Learning. e-Mentor 32(5).
  • Piña, A. A. (2009). Factors Influencing the Institutionalization of Distance Learning in Higher Education. Quarterly Review of Distance Education 9,(4).
  • Piña, A. A., Sadowski, K. P, Scheidenhelm, C. L. & Heydenburg, P.R. (2008).  SLATE: A Community of Practice for Supporting Learning and Technology in Education. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning 5(7).
  • Piña, A. A. (2008). Making e-Learning Permanent: What Can Institutions Do? Midwest Journal of Educational Communications and Technology 2(1).
  • Piña, A. A. (2008). How Institutionalized is Distance Learning? A Study of Institutional Role, Locale and Academic Level. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration 11(1).
  • Piña, A. A. (2008). Enhancing Teacher Education with Service Learning: Experiences in an Educational Technology Course. The Teacher Educators Journal 16(1).