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Dr. Reenay R.H. Rogers

Associate Dean, College of Education | Department Chair, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Reenay R. H. Rogers, Professor of Education, serves as the Associate Dean of the College of Education and the Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of West Alabama. More recently, she has assumed the role of Executive Director of the Center for Rural Education.

Dr. Rogers has previously served as the Director of Assessment and Evaluation for the College of Education. In this capacity she has developed new assessment instruments, managed the College’s data collection, analysis and evaluation. She has played a key role in the revision of the Quality Assurance Plan and the Professional Dispositions Handbook.

From 2012 to 2020, Dr. Rogers was involved with Project Engage, a Minority Science and Engineering Improvement grant from the U. S. Department of Education. Project Engage aimed to increase the number of minorities in undergraduate STEM majors. As a principal investigator and co-director, she was responsible for data evaluation and budget management.

More recently, she has collaborated on Project REACh, Residencies for Educating Alabama’s Children where she serves in the capacity of internal evaluator. Dr. Rogers is also the Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation grant, Implementing Novel STEM Practices in Rural Education (INSPIRE) for the support of developing math and science teachers.

Dr. Rogers holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Instructional Technology, a master's degree in Secondary Science Education, and a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Rogers has taught masters’ and doctoral level courses such as methods in teaching science, educational statistics, educational research, educational technology, and quantitative research. Dr. Rogers taught various high school sciences including Biology, AP Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and AP Physics for over twelve years before moving to UWA. Research interests include online education, technology integration for enhanced student achievement, and STEM education. She has published journal articles on professional learning networks, lecture capture, using wikis in instruction, coding, and developing an online self-efficacy scale. Additionally, she has co-authored a book on rural STEM education, has two book chapter publications, numerous technology-focused conference presentations, and has served as a peer reviewer for the International Society of Technology in Education, American Education Research Association, Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment Conference, the Florida Educational Technology Conference, and more.


  • Ph. D. Instructional Leadership with emphasis in Instructional Technology The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa AL 2007
  • M. A. Secondary Education Comprehensive Science The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa AL 1996
  • B. S. Microbiology The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa AL 1988
  • Recent Publications

  • Ray, B., Rogers, R., & Gallup, J. (2022). Coding and computational thinking in the social studies: Teachers’ perspectives. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 38(2), 89-101, https://doi.org/10.1080/21532974.2022.2074581 2022
  • Pratt, K. & Rogers, R. R. H. Rural students’ perception on learner-instructor online engagement strategies. Paper presented at the Mid South Educational Research Association Conference 2021
  • Ray, B., Rogers, R. R. H. Perceptions of non-STEM discipline teachers on coding as a teaching and learning tool: What are the possibilities? Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 36(1), 19-31, DOI: 10.1080/21532974.2019.1646170 2020
  • Sun, Y. & Rogers, R. Development and validation of the Online Learning Self-efficacy Scale (OLSS): A structural equation modeling approach, American Journal of Distance Education, DOI: 10.1080/08923647.2020.1831357 2020
  • Sun, Y., Rogers, R.R.H, & Winship, J. An Authentic and Sustainable STEM Pre-Service Teacher Professional Development Model: Authentic Learning Experience and Preparing for Tomorrow’s STEM professionals in Handbook of Research on Educator Preparation and Professional Learning, IGI Pubications 2019
  • Sun, Y. & Rogers, R. R. H. Engaging STEM Students from Rural Areas: Emerging Research and Opportunities IGI Global, Publisher 2018
  • Ray, B., Rogers, R.R.H. & Hocutt, M. K-12 Educators’ Perspectives on Coding: Moving from “I can't” to “I do”. In P. Resta & S. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2791-2795) 2017
  • Rogers, R. R. H., Winship, J., Sun, Y. “Systematic support for STEM pre-service teachers An authentic and sustainable four-pillar professional development model IGI: Global, Innovative Professional Development Methods and Strategies for STEM Education 2016