Emily Hixon, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Faculty Excellence

Professor of Education

Emily Hixon


Emily Hixon is the director of the Center for Faculty Excellence and a professor of education. She works with faculty to improve their teaching, excel in scholarship and develop as professionals.

I consider myself a lifelong learner and I value the opportunity to learn with and from my colleagues through my faculty development work. I am honored to serve as the founding Director for PNW’s Center for Faculty Excellence.

Select Publications

Barczyk, C., Hixon, E., Buckenmeyer, J., & Ralston-Berg, P. (2017). The effect of age and employment on students’ perceptions of online course quality. American Journal of Distance Education, 31(3), 173-184.

Hixon, E., Ralston-Berg, P., Buckenmeyer, J., & Barczyk, C. (2016). The impact of previous online course experience in students’ perceptions of quality. Online Learning, 20(1), 1-16.

Buckemeyer, J., Hixon, E., Barczyk, C., & Feldman, L. (2013). Does participation in a faculty distance education mentoring program comprehensively improve teaching methods? International Journal on E-Learning, 12(2), 139-152.

Emily Hixon


(219) 989-2150


Office Location:

Hammond – Gyte 134


  • Ph.D. – Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
  • M.S. – Educational Psychology, Indiana University
  • M.S. – Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
  • B.A. – Psychology, Albion College

Areas of Expertise

  • Faculty Development
  • Instructional Design
  • Instructional Technology
  • Online Course Development
  • Theories of Teaching and Learning


Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • ACUE/ACE Certificate in Effective College Instruction
  • Purdue University Excellence in Digital Education
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award
  • Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Phi Beta Kappa