B.A., University of California San Diego (Visual Arts: Media with Film Emphasis), 2007
M.A., San Diego State University (Educational Technology), 2010
Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara (Education), 2014
Torrey Trust, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Learning Technology in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies in the College of Education, where she is the co-coordinator of the Learning, Media and Technology master’s degree program. Her research and teaching focus on how technology can support teachers in designing contexts that enhance student learning. Specifically, Dr. Trust studies educators’ professional growth through digitally-enhanced professional learning networks (PLNs), the influence of social media on teaching and learning, how makerspaces and 3D printing facilitate new learning experiences, and the design and use of open educational resources in college and graduate level courses. Dr. Trust has published a number of research articles in high impact journals, including Computers & Education and Internet & Higher Education. Her articles have been viewed more than 40,000 times and cited more than 600 times. Dr. Trust has served as a professional learning network leader for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) for five years, including a two-year term as the President of the Teacher Education Network from 2016 to 2018.
Dr. Trust’s research, teaching, and service to the field of educational technology has received noticeable recognition, including the 2016 ISTE Online Learning Network Award, 2017 Outstanding Research Paper Award for the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 2017 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Instructional Technology Special Interest Group Best Paper Award, 2017 ISTE Emerging Leader Award, 2017 Association for Educational Communication & Technology (AECT) Division of Distance Learning Crystal Award (2nd Place), and 2019 AERA Technology as an Agent of Change for Teaching & Learning (Special Interest Group) Early Career Scholar Award. In 2018, Dr. Trust was selected as one of the six recipients worldwide for the ISTE Making IT Happen Award, which “honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students.”
- Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies