Diane D. Mason, Ph.D.

Dr. Diane Mason has been an educator for over 35 years in public K-12 and higher education systems. Her experiences in K-12 include teaching K-8 regular and special education, leading as a middle school assistant principal, elementary principal, and a district technology professional development coordinator. During Dr. Mason’s time in K-12, the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE) recognized her as a Christa McAuliffe Fellow for innovative online and technology integration practices. Also, she was selected to participate in an Administrator Ambassador Exchange Program in the United Kingdom. In a follow-up to that experience, international collaborations for K-12 schools were created in multiple US and UK districts.

During the past seven years, Dr. Mason has been working at the university level where she has developed and taught numerous online courses in technology and educational leadership at the Master’s and Doctoral level. Since 2012, Dr. Mason has chaired over 35 dissertations and served on over 40 dissertation committees. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Center for Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership and for the past year has served as the College of Education and Human Development Director of Graduate Studies and Research.  A highlight, has been Dr. Mason’s work with a unique cohort of technology savvy, global distinguished educators. Dr. Mason worked with colleagues to design, implement, and lead doctoral level online educational leadership courses reaching across the global. In one particular course, Global Leadership Issues, Dr. Mason lead teams of online doctoral students to work collaboratively in varied contexts to offer suggestions for educational improvement. This authentic learning experience permitted students to work jointly with educational entities to help solve leadership related problems. In her role as director of Graduate Studies and Research, Dr. Mason has lead teams to revise tenure and promotion guidelines, sponsored workshops to encourage faculty research, supported online learning policies for the college, and worked with teams across the College to write grants.

Dr. Mason’s scholarship interests include examining technology use in online learning and classrooms. Also, she is particularly interested in leadership and how professional development contributes to general school improvement. She is currently co-authoring a book entitled, Personalized Professional Learning for Educators: Emerging Research and Opportunities, which will be published in 2017. Additionally, she has co-authored 12 book chapters and eight journal articles. For three years, Dr. Mason participated in the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio research with 20 other universities in the US, Australia, and the UK. The research lead to the implementation of e-portfolios technology-based Master’s courses. Recently, she lead the submission of an NSF Grant for professional development to improvement STEM in local Middle Schools and collaborated as a Co-PI on an interdisciplinary team to submit an NSF Grant proposal for an online course in STEM and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Mason is the past president of the ISTE state affiliate, Louisiana Computer Using Educators, participates regularly as a journal article peer reviewer the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration and IRRODL. She also regularly reviews research presentation proposals for AERA, SERA, ISTE, and NCEPEA.  Dr. Mason is a past member of the Lamar Faculty Senate and currently is a member of Lamar’s Institutional Review Board.