School of Education doctoral student receives prestigious internship
November 17, 2021
Rebecca Clark-Stallkamp, a doctoral candidate in the Instructional Design and Technology program of the Virginia Tech School of Education, has been named the Earl F. Strohbehn Intern for 2021–2022 by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.
Each year the association offers the Strohbehn, the Cochran, and the Johnson International internship scholarship programs. These programs are subject to fierce competition from an array of highly qualified and motivated candidates. Of the three, the Strohbehn is considered the most prestigious.
“I am so grateful for this opportunity to represent the School of Education and the Instructional Design and Technology program at the premier organization for research and practice in the field,” said Clark-Stallkamp. “Virginia Tech’s IDT program has a long history of research and practitioner excellence. I look forward to showing the Association for Educational Communications and Technology what we as a school and program are capable of accomplishing for many years to come.”
Clark-Stallkamp holds a graduate certificate in learning sciences from the School of Education, as well as a master’s degree and honors bachelor’s degree in history from Brock University in Canada. An instructional design graduate assistant in the Office of the Dean of the College of Engineering, working on the Virginia Tech Engineering Online program, she has added the IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies to her list of qualifications.
“It’s no surprise that Rebecca was selected for the highest honor awarded to a graduate student by our professional association,” said Professor Barbara Lockee, Clark-Stallkamp’s Ph.D. advisor. “Her involvement in numerous Association for Educational Communications and Technology roles and initiatives, combined with her dedication to excellence in all that she does, made her the clear choice for this prominent recognition and leadership opportunity. We in the Instructional Design and Technology program are so proud to have her representing us among our community of peers.”
Clark-Stallkamp’s research focuses on managing uncertainty in ill-structured, real-world problem-solving using argumentation, and the history of instructional design and technology. She also embodies the university’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), through her service as an accessibility consultant and tutor with the Literacy Volunteers of New River Valley.
“Rebecca is one of many students helping us reimagine the future of technology in a wide variety of sectors, including education, business and industry, nonprofits, government, and the military,” said Kristin Gehsmann, director of the School of Education. “We are incredibly proud of her accomplishments and contributions to our school, community, and discipline.”
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Written by Sharon Stidham