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Emerita professor dead at 64

Sandra Turner was first chair of educational studies
Nov 6, 2009
By Devin Hughes

Sandra V. Turner, 64, Ohio University professor emerita in educational technology, died on Oct. 26.

She came to Ohio University in 1996 as a professor and program coordinator in the Department of Instructional Technology at the College of Education. She is a former chair of the Department of Educational Studies.

During her tenure at Ohio University, Turner was awarded numerous grants related to technology in education research and programs. She earned her reputation as an expert on using technology as a tool for teaching and learning. Her primary research areas were constructivist learning environments, gender issues in education, technology and international development, and qualitative research methodology.

“Sandy was the first department chair of educational studies,” said Associate Professor of Educational Studies Gordon Brooks. “She was respected as a leader for her calm and rationale approach to issues as well as her dedication to students and to social justice.”

At Ohio University, Turner supervised more than 35 master’s research projects and 20 doctoral dissertations focusing on the use of technology in K-12 and higher education. She co-authored four books and wrote more than 25 scholarly articles for various publications. She also designed a piece of software titled, “Data Collector 2.0: A qualitative research tool.”

From 2003 to 2005, Turner traveled to Ghana as a Fulbright Scholar and also served as an educational technology consultant in Jordan, Ghana, South Africa, China and Botswana. She was instrumental in the creation of a joint master’s degree between Ohio University and the University of Ghana.

“Sandy was a valuable member of our faculty and a consummate professional,” said James E. Schultz, the former Robert L. Morton Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education at Ohio University. “She had a special love of Africa and its people. When Sandy invited me to Ghana to do workshops for local teachers, I was able to see first-hand her truly amazing, much-appreciated accomplishments.”

Prior to Ohio University, Turner worked as a mathematics teacher in secondary schools in Florida and Botswana. From 1983 to 1996, she taught in the Department of Technology in Education at National-Louis University in Illinois.
 

Published: Nov 6, 2009 9:10 AM

 
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