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Tracy Russo, PhD

Tracy Russo, PhD
Tracy Russo, PhD

Senior Online Design Consultant
Phone: (231) 591-2804
Email: [email protected]


  • PhD, Michigan State Univerity, Educational Psychology and Educational Technology
  • MEd, University of North Carolina, Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education
  • BA, University of Michigan, Communications and Psychology


Dr. Russo consults with faculty members on course, program, and project design leveraging digital platforms. Her quality focused, learning experience design (LXD) approach was developed over twenty five years from experiences including Visiting Faculty of Educational Technology at Grand Valley State University, Curriculum and Instructional Designer at Northwestern Michigan College, Teaching Fellow and Liaison with the North Carolina A+ School Program for arts-based school reform, and classroom teaching. She enjoys renovating houses and being outside in the woods or on the water to keep her sanity while working in the tech field.

Publications and Intellectual Contributions

  • Journal Article
    Russo, T., Siko, P. J. "The Effect of Personal Learning Network Exposure on Pre-Service Teacher's Digital Resource Search Habits," i-manager's Journal of Educational Technology. 14 (2).
  • Dissertation
    Amalfitano, T. R. "Preservice teachers' self-efficacy, intent to use, and technology integration descriptions: A study of technology learning experiences and their effects," East Lansing, Michigan: Proquest.
  • Conference Proceeding
    Rosenberg, J., Terry, C., Bell, J., Hiltz, V., Russo, T. E. "What we've got here is failure to communicate: Social media best practices for graduate school programs," Chesapeake, VA: Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International.


  • Oral Presentation
    Dowling, T. C. (Panelist), Stapp, W. (Panelist), Stakley, D. (Co-Chair), Peterson, A. (Co-Chair), Herrington, H. (Panelist), Russo, T. (Panelist), Konieczny, A. M. (Author & Presenter), Buys, A. M. (Panelist), HatchEd, "Pursuing External [email protected]: Matchmaking 101," Ferris State University, Zoom, (February 18, 2021).
  • Demonstration
    Bradley, P. (Author & Presenter), McCall, D. (Author & Presenter), Gardei, J. (Author & Presenter), Bonner, S. (Author & Presenter), Senkowski, K. (Author & Presenter), Russo, T., HatchEd-Innovation Conference and Idea Incubator, "New Paths to Learning via Badging, Including Honors," Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI, (September 2019).
  • Paper
    Lancaster, S., Topper, A. G., Russo, T., American Association for Teaching & Curriculum, "Hybrid & Online Pre- and In-Service Teacher Technology Education Panel," Grand Rapids, MI, (October 14, 2016).
  • Poster
    Russo, T., Carnegie Summit on Improvement in Education, "Faculty Driven Professional Development: The 9x9x25 Challenge," Carnegie Foundation, San Francisco, CA, (March 2016).
  • Other
    Russo, T., Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Annual Conference, "Robotic Telepresence and Other Issues of Embodiment and Psychological Space in Synchronous Hybrid Learning," SITE, Savannah, Georia, (March 2016).
  • Paper
    Russo, T., AECT 2015 Annual Conference, "A Survey of Social Media Use and the Effects of a Social Media Initiative on Graduate Student Engagement," Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Indianapolis, IN, (November 6, 2015).
  • Lecture
    Russo, T., TRENDS in Occupational Studies, "Outcomes that work for everyone: Especially the CTE faculty and students using them," Ferris State University, Traverse City, MI, (October 17, 2015).