Zahira Merchant

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Zahira Merchant is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technologies Program at San Francisco State University (SFSU). She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Emphasis in Education Technology) and MS in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University. Dr. Merchant has served as the PI, Co-PI, Senior Personnel on several federally and nationally funded grant projects from agencies such as National Science Foundation, California Teaching Commission (CTC), and IDEA. Before joining SF State, she has worked as the project manager and postdoctoral research associate of a National Science Foundation-funded project studying the innovative application of 3-D virtual reality technologies in training mathematics educators. Dr. Merchant’s research engages in research focusing on virtual reality, game-based learning environments, learning analytics, digital literacy, computer science for K-12, advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods, mixed research methods. Dr. Merchant’s research has been published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals and is highly cited by scholars nationally and internationally. She is currently the Editor of the Journal of Formative Learning for Designs Emerging Scholars section.

Dr. Merchant was the winner of the Robert Gagne Instructional Design Award (2012) from the Association of Educational Communication and Technology Organization for outstanding dissertation. She has been the three times recipient of the Presidential Service Awards from the Association of Educational Communication and Technology for her four years leadership track exceptional service to the Design and Development Division, where she served in the capacity of the VP of communication, President-Elect, President, and Past President. Dr. Merchant was the finalist of the PacifiCorp Design and Development Competition (2012). She won the Certificate of Merit Award (2012) from the Association of Educational Communication and Technology Organization for a game she designed and developed for nursing education.

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