Lisa Dawley, PhD

Lisa Dawley
Phone: (619) 260-7616
Office: Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 259B

Executive Director

  • PhD & MA, Education: Teaching & Learning, UC Santa Barbara
  • BA, Liberal Studies; Psychology, CSU Long Beach
With over 20 years of experience in educational technology, Dr. Lisa Dawley provides leadership in the award-winning research, design and entrepreneurship of innovative learning technologies and organizations.

Dr. Dawley is Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education at the University of San Diego. Dr. Dawley is committed to creating access for inclusive innovation among teachers and learners, and co-invented Pactful, a social good innovation app for teenagers. She served as former director of the M.A. in Educational Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship program at UNC Chapel Hill and founded ImagineLab, a UNC initiative to support educational innovation design and entrepreneurship. She is former CEO and Founder of GoGo Labs, a gamified educational technology spin-out from Boise State University, where she served as professor and chair of the Dept. of Educational Technology. She co-created the Rezzly (fka) 3D GameLab quest-based learning platform, Teen GameLab, and EDTECH Island, a training simulation supporting international teacher education. Dr. Dawley was primary investigator for Planet Stewards, a DML Badges for Lifelong Learning awardee in cooperation with NOAA, Mozilla and HASTAC.

Dr. Dawley was co-author of the Going Virtual! research series studying professional development for K-12 online teachers. She received a Top 20 Bestselling Books Award for her text, The Tools for Successful Online Teaching. She was an invited research fellow at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences summer Institute, and recipient of grants from the Spencer Foundation and HASTAC. Dawley is a former board member of iNACOL.