W. Michael Reed, a Steinhardt professor of educational communications and technology from 1997 until 2007, died on July 30, 2009. During his tenure at NYU, Reed was director of the program in educational communication and technology, and in that position served as a mentor for doctoral students and faculty, and played a significant role in the reorganization of the program’s curriculum and the development of its core courses. A leader in his field, Reed’s 25-year career as a researcher, teacher, and journal editor included appointments at three universities. His work focused on hypermedia/multimedia development and developers’ learning styles, problem-solving and authoring, integrating technology in teacher education, and cognition and hypermedia.
Reed relocated to the Virginia area in 2007, and at the time of his death, was serving as an administrator for the Institutional Review Board at Radford University.