Dr. Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw earned an Ed.D. in Distance Education from Regent, a
M.A. in Counseling from Regent, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Huntington
College. She holds a professional counseling license, a school counseling license, and a
teaching license. Prior to coming to Liberty University, she served as a counselor
specializing in childhood emotional, social, behavioral, and developmental problems. She
also previously served as a faculty at Old Dominion University in the Human Service
Department. In 2009, she accepted her appointment as an Assistant Professor at Liberty in
the School of Education. At Liberty, she teaches and develops quantitative research and
analysis, school counseling, and educational technology courses. She also serves as the
doctoral research chair and as a research consultant. Her research interests include
online education, presence, Web 2.0 technology and the semantic Web, doctoral
persistence, and counselor education. She enjoys writing and presenting on all of these
topics and often does so with her husband. 

For many years, she has said that she has 3 great passions -- God, her husband, and
traveling-- and 3 spheres of interest -- education, counseling, and technology -- and
working at Liberty allows all three passions and interests to intersect. For this she is
thankful to the Lord every day. 

On a personal note, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael. They enjoy
"tinkering" on their computers, creating websites and instructional content.
They also enjoy the great outdoors -- hiking, biking, and running- and traveling. They
have traveled both in the United States and overseas volunteering to work with diverse
populations. Their travel often includes adventures- from petting Tigers in Thailand to
hiking jungles in Malaysia to paragliding off mountains in New Zealand. One of their
favorite vacation spots is Disney World where they get to visit both Mickey and her
parents. And, they have 2 cats, Minnie and Mushu (both named after Disney characters).

ARTICLES

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Electronic versus traditional print textbooks: A comparison study of university students’ learning (with Jennifer Courduff, Kimberly Carter, and David Bennet), Computers and Education (2013)
 

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Measuring sense of community and academic learning in graduate education (with Deanna Nesbit and Merv Whiting), Interdisciplinary Educational Studies (2013)
 

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Hearing their voices: Factors doctoral candidates attribute to their persistence (with Lucinda S. Spaulding), International Journal of Doctoral Studies (2012)
 

PUBLISHED PROCEEDINGS

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Strategies for Fostering Doctoral Student Persistence (with Lucinda S. Spaulding) (2012)
 

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Engaging Higher Education Students Through Tweeting (with Michael Szapkiw), Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific (2011)
 

PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS

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Understanding the Role of Childhood Poverty in Doctoral Motivation and Persistence (with Lucinda S. Spaulding, James A. Swezey, and Carolyn Wicks), Faculty Publications and Presentations (2014)
 

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iPads and Autism: Developing Sound Approaches (with Randall S. Dunn), VSTE Annual Conference 2012 (2012)
 

OTHER

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Nominee, Technology Innovators, Chronicles of Higher Education (2012)