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Jessica Cannon, PhD

I bring extensive higher education experience in designing and implementing learning materials for all delivery modalities and levels, in addition to skill sets in campus-wide and program-level assessment, design for accessibility, and learner engagement.

I am passionate about creating access to education for everyone, and to that end I try to make as many of my resources as possible available here.


PhD & MA in History, Rice University
BA in History, Wake Forest University
AA Frederick Community College (Maryland)

Experience and Certifications

Assistive Technology Specialist
Completed the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program at California State University, Northridge in 2021.

Summer Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Selected to participate in this 2021 NEH Summer Institute, I engaged with scholars from a variety of disciplines to discuss ways to utilize visual culture objects (artwork, images, maps, political cartoons, etc.) in our research and pedagogy.

Instructional Design Liaison
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Central Missouri
I served in this leadership role for three years providing direct support, training, and resources for faculty in the college. I also developed a peer-led course review process and an internal quality assurance rubric.

Associate Professor of History
University of Central Missouri
I am a tenured member of the History program and have been at UCM since 2010. I teach online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses for undergraduate, graduate, and honors students. I served as the program coordinator for two years and led the development and implementation of program assessment.

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Certified VALUE Rubric Scorer
In 2017 and 2018, I completed extensive assessment training for the VALUE Critical Thinking rubric and scored writing samples from institutions across the nation as part of the LEAP VALUE Rubrics Project.

Master Reviewer, Quality Matters
I have been a Master Reviewer with Quality Matters since 2016 and a Peer Reviewer since 2014. In this capacity I lead a team of three reviewers through the process of applying the Quality Matters rubric to evaluate an online course and in collaboratively writing a helpful review. We review courses in all fields and at universities across the United States.

Instructional Design Certificate, Online Learning Consortium
I completed this four-course certificate program in 2018. Separate from the certificate program, I also completed one-week workshops on a variety of topics ranging from Neuroscience and Universal Design for Learning to LX Design and Gamification.

Additional Professional Training
I completed graduate coursework in Instructional Design through the Educational Leadership and Technology Program at George Washington University and three courses on Accessibility in Higher Education through Wichita State University.

Selected Publications