Master’s Program Director, Science and Mathematics, and Instructional Design and Technology Bachelor’s
Program Director, Instructional Design and Technology and Educational Studies

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

Steve CanipeDr. Steve Canipe specializes in educational technology and its integration into the classroom, the importance of teaching 21st-century skills to students, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Since 2005, Dr. Canipe has served as the program director of Science, Mathematics and Instructional Design and Technology in the master’s program in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. He is also the director of the bachelor’s programs in Instructional Design and Technology and Educational Studies. Previously, Dr. Canipe developed administrator training in the areas of literacy, mentoring and evaluation at Northern Arizona University and consulted with the university for Navajo reservation schools to develop reading, writing and technology implementation curriculum for grades 7 to 12. Earlier in his career, Dr. Canipe held positions at various public and private schools and organizations, specializing in technology implementation.


  • EdD in Educational Administration, Duke University, Durham, N.C. (1982)
  • MS in Biological Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. (1973)
  • BS in Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C. (1968)

Areas of Expertise

Educational Technology and Its Integration into the Classroom

  • Is recognized as a state leader in technology skills and appointed to serve on several state initiatives sponsored by the greater University of North Carolina system.
  • Directed a Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge grant ($5 million) for five school districts in North Carolina.
  • Began working on classroom technology integration as principal of Lincoln School of Technology in 1987 in a jointly funded project with the BellSouth Foundation to connect schools and universities across North Carolina.

21st-Century Skills

  • Focuses research interests on the 21st-century skills of American children and why this is important to be competitive in tomorrow’s world.
  • Has presented to numerous state and national audiences about the intersection of 21st-century skills and competitiveness.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

  • Focuses research to see what makes some specialized science and technology schools seem to achieve at a higher level while others seem to relegate the STEM curriculum to lower status, looking only at mathematics.
  • Has extensive experience teaching courses, workshops and training experiences in STEM, including how to integrate technology into classrooms.

Relevant Publications and Presentations

  • Canipe, S.L., and Weschke, B. (2010). The faculty evaluation process: The first step in fostering professional development in an online university. Journal of College Teaching and Learning, 7(1), 45–58.
  • Canipe, S.L. (2009). “ePortfolios for Dummies: A Beginner’s Guide.” Presented at the Cite Conference.
  • Canipe, S.L. (2007). “Digital Portfolios in Special Education: How and Why.” Presented at the ACRES Conference.
  • Canipe, S.L. (2006). Outcomes assessment: A programmatic approach. The Department Chair, 17(1), 16–18.
  • Canipe, S.L. (2006). “Assessment of Online Programs—A Programmatic Approach.” Presented at the Academic Chairpersons Conference.
  • Canipe, S.L. (2005). “So Many Options: So Little Time—Selecting an Online Education.” Presented at the Microcomputers in Education Conference.
  • Canipe, S.L. (2005). “Digital Portfolios: How & Why.” Presented at the Microcomputers in Education Conference.
  • Canipe, S.L. (2005). “Digital Photography as Technology Gateway.” Presented at the Microcomputers in Education Conference.
  • Canipe, S.L. (2005). “Bite of This & Bit of That.” Presented at the Microcomputers in Education Conference.
  • Canipe, S.L. (2002). “Effective Use of Digital Cameras in Education.” Presented at the Arizona Technology in Education Association Conference.
  • Canipe, S.L. (1998). “Utilizing a Video Network to Distribute Training Across Multiple School Districts.” Presented at the Interactive Multimedia Conference, American Society for Training and Development.
  • Canipe, S.L. (1998). “Considerations in Collaborative Lesson Development on the Web.” Presented at WebNet ’98.
  • Canipe, S.L. (1998). “Organizing an Effective Multi–District Professional Development Program.” Presented at the S.I.T.E. International Conference.
  • Canipe, S.L. (1993). “Kudzu–wonder weed” lesson in Botany Laboratory Activities. Compiled by: Samantha Dolen.

Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina State Task Force for Competency-Based Science Education
  • Task Force for Revising North Carolina State Dept. of Education Science Curriculum
  • Spangler Multi-Agency Task Force for Integrating Technology into the Curriculum
  • Charlotte–Mecklenburg Committee for Developing an Online Instructional Management System to Deliver Criterion Reference Tests (CRTs)
  • Southeastern Electric Exchange Education Committee
  • National Science Teachers Energy Education Task Force
  • Technology User Task Force, appointed by C.D. Spangler (university president)
  • Davidson College Education Department Board of Visitors
  • North Carolina Representative to National Congress on Rural Education
  • Governor’s Permanent Commission on Workforce Preparedness
  • State Advisory Council on Vocational & Technical Education
  • State Telecommunications Users Network for Education, K–12
  • Advisory Board Member for Gaston College, Lincoln campus
  • Board of Principal’s Executive Program (PEP), UNC–CH, Institute of Government

Professional Recognition

  • Named to North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. James Martin, 1992
  • President, PEP Class XXVII
  • N.C. Governor’s School of Excellence Award, 1989
  • Walden Faculty Excellence Award to research teachers in rural, underserved areas, 2006
  • Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1983–2009
  • Who’s Who in Education, 1989–2010
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