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Matt Mooney

Matt Mooney

Penn College of Technology

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Matt's work combines: Technology, Education, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

Assistant Professor of Web & Interactive Media

I teach, I learn, and I try to inspire my students to do and be more.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Business/Corporate Communications, General

    Central Michigan University

  • Graduate Degree

    Organizational Communication, General

    Central Michigan University

  • Doctorate

    Educational/Instructional Technology

    Purdue University-Main Campus

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Design and Visual Communications, General

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    Decided at 20 I wanted to be a University President, so I needed to go to grad school.

  • 2.

    Walked out after teaching my first class and "found" my calling.

  • 3.

    Started a Ph.D. at Purdue in family studies focused on violence prevention.

  • 4.

    Took a 4 week summer class on "Web page programming" back in the 90's that changed EVERYTHING.

  • 5.

    Left family studies and started a new Ph.D. in Educational Technology.

  • 6.

    Became a Web & database geek and started building amazing things.

  • 7.

    Came back to teaching after being a tech administrator, it felt good to come home, until now.

  • 8.

    Looking to lead educators and institutions now, I can do more as a leader than I can teaching.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Family:

    You should take that job, it's secure and close to home. Do you know how many years I worked to make that kind of salary? Why would you go to grad school and live in near poverty?

  • How I responded:

    My dad had always told me to do something I love, because I was going to have to do it for a long time. That's how I "won" the argument about grad school. I didn't love management and sales. I was good at it, but I knew there was something more out there. My dad's response was "of all the things I said to you, that's what you remember!" My family may not understand what I do, but they are proud of who I am.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I am dyslexic and that has presented some challenges. I've learned to listen better and develop a good memory. I don't read a lot, but I learn constantly. Part of that was understanding different ways of learning.

  • While education was important in my family, higher education was not. I learned a long time ago, to be OK with my family not really understanding my life or career.