Dolly Joseph, Ph.D.

University of Virginia 
Doctor of Philosophy: Instructional Technology: May 2005
Master of Teaching: Elementary Education: May 2000
Bachelor of Arts: Studio Art, Art History minor: May 1997

Selected Professional Experience

Chief Facilitator: Building Experiences
Founded non-profit supporting young adults to have successful college, work, and life experiences through goal setting, coaching, referrals and networking, community building and having fun. Recruited and retained students, volunteers, and donors. Coordinated all student activities. Served over 40 students in first 6 months.

Lead Designer: Wiggle Learning
Acted as lead ID on Logistics 101 course for Defense Acquisition University. Co-designed and co-led webinar series for Instructional Design professionals on practical considerations through the use of case studies and intensive Q&A. Revised PIP modules for managers of a national video game publisher. Collaboratively designed an interactive credit card compliance training program for location managers of a International fast food chain using Adobe Flash.

Program Director: Computers4Kids
Managed all aspects of curriculum, implementation and evaluation in a non-profit serving low-income 7th through 12th grade students. Coordinated and facilitated mentor training, support and relations. Successfully managed employees, interns and volunteers.

Lead Coordinator: Charlottesville Ladies Arm Wrestlers
Collaboratively coordinated all aspects local grassroots theatrical, philanthropic spectacle. Lead efforts to raise over $80,000 for local female-run organizations. Wrangled volunteers, wrestlers, and charity liaisons. Provided workable solutions during unanticipated last-minute problems.

Technology Coordinator: Peabody School

Developed, planned and implemented differentiated curriculum for kindergarten through eighth grade students. Focused on content acquisition, media literacy, graphic design and programming within Flash. Led teacher training and worked collaboratively across grades and subject areas. Participated in budgeting and long-term strategizing. Maintained network, hardware and software.

Instructor: North Georgia State College and University, Casenex
Taught online courses of 10-20 graduate-level education students through case-based methodology.

Head Teaching Associate: Linguistics 111: Classroom Communication for ITAs: University of Virginia

Coached International Teaching Assistants in how to improve their teaching within the American classroom through moderated lessons with undergraduates, and evaluations

Co-facilitator: Got Game! Computer Game Design Institute

Co-planned and co-facilitated two two-week camps which were design to identify ways to make educational science games more compelling for middle school game players.

Teaching Associate: Teaching Elementary Science, University of Virginia

Assisted in a course for elementary school preservice teachers. Duties included grading, acting as a liaison between professor and students, and conducting technology lessons.

Science and English Instructor: Walker Upper Elementary School 
Taught in an urban setting with a diverse population. Taught as preservice and classroom teacher. Planned and taught differentiated units in science, technology, and languages arts. Collaborated and co-taught with special education, gifted, ESL, technology and reading specialists.

Selected Curriculum Development:

Computers4Kids and Teen Tech Curriculum and Evaluation Revision

Revised and implemented a standards based in a non-profit setting which serves 200 students per year. Developed, launched and iteratively designed college and career curriculum for first generation college students.

Family Support Program Access Guide

Created a tutorial manual to codify procedures for querying program’s Microsoft Access database.

Designing Online Debate Materials

Coordinated creation and publishing of online debate materials created by graduate level Instructional Design class.

Oceanography Science Kit

Collaboratively created and assembled science learning kit for the Virginia Museum of Natural History for distribution to local schools and home schoolers.

Marine Animal Webquest

Planned and implemented framework for middle school children to create their own webpages on marine animals. Taught pre-service and practicing teachers how to create webpages.

Software Applications:

Office Applications: Microsoft– Word, Excel, Powerpoint; ClarisWorks; AppleWorks; OpenOffice.
Image, Design, and MultiMedia Applications: Adobe– PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign; Macromedia– Fireworks, Freehand, Flash, Dreamweaver, Studio; iMovie; GarageBand.
Educational Software: KidPix; Inspiration; HyperStudio.
Database Applications: Access, FileMaker Pro.
Operating Systems: Mac, Windows, Linux.


Carson, B., Joseph. D., & Silva, E. (2009). ARGs Leverage Intelligence: Improving Performance
through Collaborative Play.
 Learning Solutions.

Kinzie, M. B., & Joseph, D. R. D. (2008). Gender Differences in Game Activity Preferences of Middle School Children: Implications for Educational Game Design. Educational Technology Research & Development.

Joseph, D. R. D. (2005). Middle School Children’s Game Playing Preferences: Case Studies of Children’s Experiences Playing and Critiquing Science-Related Educational Games (Doctoral dissertation, University of Virginia, 2005).


Joseph, D. R. D. (2014, October). 7 Steps to Designing Objective-Based Activities. at the annual meeting of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association, Baltimore, MD.

Joseph, D. R. D. (2013, January). Recruiting and Retaining Mentors: Practical Methods to Develop Lasting Relationships. Paper presented at the National Mentoring Summit, Washington, DC.

Joseph, D. R. D. (2012, April). Engaging Effectively with Community Partners. Panel Member at UVa’s Annual Public Service Conference, Charlottesville, VA.

Joseph, D. R. D. (2008, October). Educational Uses of Online Games. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association, Indianapolis, IN.

Petranek, C. & Joseph, D. R. D. (2008, October). Daily Dining Simulation. Simulation presented at the annual meeting of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association, Indianapolis, IN.

Joseph, D. R. D. (2007, October). Friend and Foe? Balancing Cooperation and Competition for Optimal Gameplay. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association, Atlanta, GA.

Joseph, D. R. D. & Kinzie, M. B. (2006, October). Game Play Activity Modes: A Framework for Considering Game Design. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association, Vancouver, BC.

Joseph, D. R. D. & Kinzie, M. B. (2005, October). Boys’ and Girls’ Game Play Preferences: Survey Results. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Serious Games Summit, Washington, DC.

Joseph, D. R. D. & Kinzie, M. B. (2005, June). Educational Gaming: Middle School Students’ Activity Preferences. Poster presented at the 4th annual meeting of Interaction Design and Children 2005, Boulder, CO.

Joseph, D. R. D. (2003, February). The Economics of the Underground: The Publishing and Distribution of Alternatives from the 70s to Today.Paper presented at the annual meeting of University of Florida Conference on Comics and Graphics Novels, Gainesville, FL.

Honors & Awards

2015- present Reader: Ron Brown Scholarship Program
2015 Green Dot Trained: College and Community
2013 Charlottesville Woman: 4 under 40 award
2011 Finalist HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition
2007 Appointed to the Board of NASAGA, Vice Chair
2006 NASAGA Rising Star Award
2004 NASAGA Student Scholarship
1994 PVCC/Rotary Club Scholarship Exchange to Argentina

Solo Art Shows
Blue Moon Diner:  May-June 2017
The Local: March 2010
Mudhouse Coffehouse: September 2000.
Advance: May 1997.
Spencer’s 206: September 1996, January 1996, June 1995.
Culbreth Theater, University of Virginia: 1995.
Piedmont Virginia Community College: Febuary 1995.

Gardening Awards:
Multiple Best in Show Organic Vegetables– Albemarle County Fair 2004
Grand Champion Organic Vegetables– Albemarle County Fair 2002

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