Educational Communication and Technology

Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology

In Memoriam: Dr. William Michael Reed

Dr. William Michael Reed 
August 5, 2009
Dr. William Michael Reed
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William Michael Reed, 59, passed away suddenly on July 30, 2009 at his home in Radford.  He was born in 1950 to Jimmy Burl Reed and Lorene Alderman Reed.  An accomplished and recognized educator, Mike received his Bachelor, Masters, and Doctorate degrees from Virginia Tech.  From 1972 to 1975, Mike served his country proudly in the U.S. Army as an Army journalist in Europe.

He began his educational career as a high school English teacher in Front Royal, Virginia, then accepted research and teaching positions at Virginia Tech.  In 1987, Mike moved to West Virginia University where he became the Professor of Instructional Technology.  In 1998, Mike then made the move to New York University where he attained the position of Professor of Educational Communication and Technology.  During this time, he wrote and published a novel, “Kelley Barracks”, capturing events from his Army assignment in Europe.  In 2007, Mike retired from education and returned to Radford.  At the time of his death, he was the Institutional Review Board Administrator at Radford University.

During his career, Mike received numerous professional honors and was twice awarded Fulbright Scholarships for study abroad.  As an author of dozens of educational publications, Mike was nationally known and recognized.  At both West Virginia University and New York University, he served on Masters and Doctoral Boards, helping to build the next generation of accomplished educators.


August 4, 2009

Remembering Mike Reed
Dean Mary Brabeck

I am deeply saddened to inform the Steinhardt community that Dr. W. Michael Reed, Professor of Educational Communications and Technology from 1997 until 2007, passed away on July 30, 2009.  This is a great loss for the NYU Steinhardt family and he will be deeply missed.  A superb teacher and mentor, Professor Reed is fondly remembered by former and current students, his colleagues in his program, and our faculty.

During his tenure at NYU, Professor Reed was director of the Program in Educational Communication and Technology and in that position served as a scholarly mentor for both doctoral students and faculty across the department, helping to establish a research trajectory for the program that continues to flourish.  Professor Reed was a senior leader in his field whose 25-year career as a researcher, teacher and journal editor encompassed 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.

A veteran’s memorial service for Mike Reed was held Friday, August 7, 2009 at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Morgantown, West Virginia. On Saturday, August 8, 2009 a memorial service was held at Mullins Funeral Home in Radford, Virginia.

Remembrances and information on expressing condolences can be found on Professor Curt Bonk's blog.

The ECT program also welcomes remembrances you wish to post on this blog in memory of Dr. Reed established by his doctoral students.

I hope you will join me in remembering and celebrating one of NYU Steinhardt's finest citizens, a gifted scholar and colleague, and a dear mentor and friend to so many.