Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Georgia State University,1991
M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, Georgia State University,1978
B.S. Psychology,Georgia State University,1974
Nannette Commander is Professor Emerita of Educational Psychology in the College of Education & Human Development. With over 30 years of serving as a university faculty member, her primary research areas are learning and cognition, academic success in higher education, and cross-cultural competency. She has published over 60 articles in refereed journals and received the Outstanding Article Award for two consecutive years from the Journal of Developmental Education.
Commander served in various administrative positions throughout her career, including the director of the Educational Psychology program. While serving as director of Freshman Studies, director of Undergraduate Studies, and assistant vice president for Recruitment and Retention, she was instrumental in creating and implementing programs to foster student success that resulted in increased retention and graduation rates. She is the recipient of the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award given by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.
Commander is active at the international level as well. In addition to numerous presentations at international conferences, she has been an invited speaker on cross-cultural learning and higher education at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China and at Hunan Normal University in Changsha, China. In Fall, 2018, she received a Fulbright Scholar Award and was hosted by the Department of Education Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University to implement a project that fostered U.S. and Hong Kong students’ cultural awareness through cooperative online international learning.
Zhao, Y., Gallagher, P., Commander, N. E.(2013). Educating students in poverty: Cross-cultural learning from online case study discussions with American and Chinese students.
International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, (Accepted for January, 2013 issue).
Ashong, C. Y., & Commander, N.E. (2012). “Ethnicity, gender, and online learning.” Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 8(2), 98-110.
Commander, N.E., Zhao, Y., Gallagher, P.A., & Youngheng, Y. (2012). “Promoting cross-cultural understanding of education through online discussions.” Science Direct: Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Commander, N.E., Ward, T., & Zabrucky, K. M. (2012). “Theory and practice: How filming ‘learning in the real world’ helps students make the connection.” International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 24(3), forthcoming.
Zabrucky, K.M., & Commander, N.E. (2012). Theories of learning and the real world: An integrated teaching technique using empirical research and film. Networks: An On-Line Journal for Teacher Research, 14(1), 1-2.
Ward, T., & Commander, N.E. (2011). “The power of student voices: An investigation of the enduring qualities of freshmen learning communities.” Journal of College Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 13(1), 63-85.