A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Dionne Nicole Curbeam, Ed.D., is an accomplished speaker, educator, and instructional technologist with skills in distance education, instructional design, public relations, teaching, organizational communications, strategic planning, and project management. Dionne has worked in the K to 12, community college, and four-year university education sectors.
Currently the Director of Instructional Technology at Coppin State University (Baltimore, Maryland), Dionne’s goal is to shape a culture where faculty effectively use technology to promote student achievement, retention, and graduation. She has managed instructional technology projects, designed online courses, coordinated events, served on university-wide committees, and forged plans to increase faculty technology use. She was a member of the Coppin Information Technology Divisions delegation to Akhbar El-Youm Academy (6th of October City, Egypt) to develop a distance education partnership between the two universities. Under the auspices of the memorandum of understanding between Coppin and the University of Barbados, Dionne organized and conducted several virtual trainings for information technology professionals and faculty in Barbados.
Immediately before Coppin, Dionne worked as a teacher/building technology coordinator for the Baltimore City Public School System. Dionne was a trailblazer in integrating technology into the curriculum, ranging from using a learning management system for instructional delivery to having students create web portfolios to demonstrate learning in a specific content area. Her stellar work of using digital stories to teach Black History to eighth grade students resulted in an article published in The Baltimore Sun.
An often sought speaker and presenter, Dionne has presented at numerous local and national conferences including Educause, Blackboard World, Campus Technology Conference, Maryland Society for Educational Technology Annual Conference, Prince Georges County Powering Up with Technology, and Baltimore County Public Schools E-Learning Summit. Dionne has conducted numerous workshops and given several presentations, including technology integration and pedagogy workshops for Baltimore City Public School teachers and administrators.
She is a two-time Blackboard Catalyst Award Winner: once for Excellence in Professional Development and a platinum winner for Communication Strategies for the successful deployment of Blackboard Connect. In addition, Dionne has earned a Baltimore City Public School System Best Educator Using Technology award, an IBM/Career Communications Technology All-Star award, Thurgood Marshall College Fund/Department of Energy Doctoral Research grant, and Bowie State Department of Education Chairs Award for Outstanding Research. Furthermore, she has been inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and listed in Who’s Who Among American College and University Students. She is a member of Educause, the National Association of Professional Women, Inc., Maryland Society for Educational Technology, Maryland Distance Learning Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Dionne completed her B.S. and Ed.D. degrees from Bowie State University (Bowie, Maryland). She holds two M.A. degrees from Towson University (Towson, Maryland) and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (Catonsville, Maryland), respectively. She earned a Certificate in Distance Education from University of Maryland Baltimore County and continuing education credits from Morgan State University. Additionally, she is certified through the Sloan Consortium in online teaching, and is certified as a Master Reviewer and Online Course Peer Reviewer through Quality Matters.
Dionne volunteers with the Baltimore NAACP ACT-SO program and the Maryland Business Roundtable Speakers Bureau. In addition, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and Israel Baptist Church (Baltimore, Maryland) where she is the chairperson of the Scholarship Program.
Although Dionne is thankful for her accomplishments, her life’s motto is blessed to be a blessing. Living with that in mind, her greatest desire is to make a positive contribution in the lives of others and in the world around her.