iPad Research Team

We are grateful for the many talented and dedicated faculty and staff members that participated in this project.

Tim Chester

Timothy Chester

Principal Investigator, iPad Research Study

Dana Hoover

Dana Hoover

Project Manager and Pedagogy Consultant, iPad Research Project

Assistant Chief Information Officer for Communications and Planning

Janet Valencia

Janet Valencia

Research Assistant, iPad Research Project


Matthew Hoover

External Research Consultant

Participating Faculty Researchers

Owen Hall

Owen Hall, Jr.

Dr. Hall holds the Julian Virtue Professorship and is a full professor of Decision Sciences at Pepperdine University. With more than 35 years of academic and industry experience in computer decision systems and information technology he also authored numerous technical papers and several books on computer-based management decision systems.

As the founder of a high-technology sensor company, Dr. Hall has also served on several government panels and corporate boards. Honored as a Harriet and Charles Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow in 1993, he has been involved in developing The Graziadio School's entrepreneurial and e-learning programs.

Dr. Hall's current area of research includes the application of artificial intelligent agents to integrated learning systems. He is a registered professional engineer, State of California and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Dr. Hall is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Graziadio Business Report. He was recently honored with the Howard A. While Teaching Excellence Award.

Christopher Heard

Christopher Heard

Dr. Heard is an associate professor of Religion at Pepperdine. He teaches courses on the following subjects: History and Religion of Israel, The Pentateuch, Old Testament History, The Wisdom Literature, Old Testament Theology, Elementary Hebrew I-II, and Intermediate Hebrew I.

Dr. Heard holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He also holds a B.A. in Human Communication and M.A. in Old Testament Studies from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.

Susan Helm

Susan Helm

Dr. Helm is an associate professor of Nutritional Science in Pepperdine's Natural Science Division. She teaches the following courses: Nutrition (all levels), Dietetics, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Physiological Chemistry, Nutrition Laboratory, and Research Statistics.

Dr. Helm holds a PhD in Physiological Chemistry from the University of California, Davis. She also holds an R.D. in Clinical Nutrition from Texas A&M University, an M.S. in Nutritional Sciences also from Texas A&M, and B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University in New York.

Brian Fisher

Brian Fisher

Dr. Fisher is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics whose primary research interests lie in undergraduate mathematics education. His current work focuses on student conceptualizations in multivariable calculus with a particular emphasis on the development of limits.

Dr. Fisher has had numerous forays with technology in the classroom. In particular, he is interested in ways in which he can use technology to connect with students in new ways. His past experience includes the use of tablet PCs and the programs SynchronEyes and Classroom Presenter, which allow the instructor to interact with students in real time during the course of a class period.

Outside the classroom, Dr. Fisher has worked to interact with students using cloud computing and text messaging. The latter was the subject of a cross-disciplinary undergraduate research project completed in summer 2010.

Dr. Fisher is happy to be a part of the iPad study and is particularly interested in ways in which the iPad may be used to facilitate new types of discourse in the classroom.

Timothy Lucas

Timothy Lucas

Dr. Lucas in an assistant professor of Mathematics at Pepperdine. He teaches several courses in the Mathematics division, including Calculus I, II and III; Calculus for Business and Economics; Linear Algebra; and Differential Equations.

Dr. Lucas holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Mathematics from Duke University, and an A.B. in Mathematics from Occidental College.




Bernard James

Bernard James teaches courses in Civil Rights, Federalism, Individual Rights, First Amendment, Education Law, and State Constitutional Law. He joined the Pepperdine faculty in 1984 after serving in Michigan as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Myron Wahls for the Court of Appeals. He has also taught education law to doctoral candidates at the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education.

Professor James specializes in constitutional matters, serving as the First Amendment Contributing Editor on the ABA Preview Journal, which reviews the cases of the United States Supreme Court. He is also serves as a contributor and editor to the NASRO Journal of School Safety. He lectures in America and Canada on legal issues and serves as a constitutional law commentator for the national and local media.

Lynn Newman

Dr. Newman has worked as an organization consultant in private practice with a number of major long-term clients; is licensed as a marriage and family therapist; has been facilitator, instructor, and lecturer in programs for business administration at USC, for executive education at University of Michigan and at the Harvard Business School, and for organizational studies at Alliant International University. She has publications in the areas of organizational change and action research continuum. B.A. in communications, Michigan State University; M.S. in counseling psychology, University of Michigan; Ph.D., School of Business Administration, USC.