Dr. Bess Kershisnik Graduates with Ph.D in Instructional Technology


Dr. Bess Kershisnik graduated with her Doctorate in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University on December 10th, 2016.

Her dissertation was on collaboration and critical thinking in an online chemistry environment. Instructional Technology is the systemic application of theory and other organized knowledge to the task of instructional design and development. Instructional Technology refers to the concept, theory, and field that focus on facilitating learning through technology under conditions that are “purposive and controlled.”

Kershisnik graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1987. She attended the University of Iowa, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1991.  She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Chemistry from University of Northern Illinois in 2006.

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Kershisnik worked as an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Oakton College in Des Plaines, Illinois.

She accomplished her degree while raising three children with her husband and competing in Ironman competitions.