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Jill M. Leafstedt

Associate Professor, Education

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Ph.D. Education, UCSB, 2002
BA Psychology, UCSB, 1992


Dr. Jill Leafstedt is currently serving at Director of Teaching and Learning Innovations for CI. In this role, Jill guides faculty in exploring and developing innovative methods of improving student learning. With a focus on meaningful outcomes, faculty that participate in Teaching and Learning Innovation Programs re-envision how learning experiences can deepen their students engagement and learning.

Dr. Leafstedt is also an Associate Professor in the School of Education. Jill received her undergraduate degree in psychology and her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in special education, disability and risk studies and an interdisciplinary emphasis in Cognitive Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has worked as a middle school special education teacher and was coordinator of our Special Education credential program from 2003-2009

Jill's current research interests involve examining the role of technology with regards to student learning and the examination of how faculty roles are changing due to the integration of digital tools into many aspects of teaching and learning.

Representative Courses Taught

  • SPED 345 Individuals with Disabilities in Society



Educational Technology, Reading Intervention, faculty development, online teaching, blended

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