Dr. Rebecca Hoey Dean of Northwestern College Graduate School & Adult Learning


Ed.D., University of South Dakota
M.Ed., St. Mary's University
B.A., Wayne State College

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As Northwestern’s dean for the Graduate School & Adult Learning, Dr. Hoey oversees development of the college’s graduate degrees and other programs for adult learners. These include graduate programs in education, physician assistant studies, athletic training, graduate certificates and degree-completion programs in nursing (RN-BSN) and early childhood education as well as continuing education opportunities. While a research committee member for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, she helped write a survey of policy and practices around the world. Dr. Hoey is co-editor of NET: An e-Journal of Faith-Based Distance Learning, and she has published in the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration. Northwestern's 2020 recipient of the Faculty Inspirational Service Award, she has experience teaching online courses and developing and designing online curriculum. Prior to entering higher education, she taught business in high schools in Colorado and Minnesota.


Hoey, R. (Accepted manuscript). Diversity and distance learning: An exploratory study of the relationships between online and minority enrollment at private nonprofit Christian colleges. Christian Higher Education.

Hoey, R. (2017, December). Examining the characteristics and content of instructor discussion interaction upon student outcomes in an online course. Online Learning 21(1).

Hoey R., & McCracken, F. (2015, December). "Compensation and ownership: The current state of online course development at Christian Colleges." Net: An eJournal of Faith-Based Distance Learning, 1(1).

Hoey, R., McCracken, F., Gehrett, M., and Snoeyink, R. (2014, September). "Evaluating the impact of administrator and administrative structure of online programs at nonprofit private colleges." Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 17(3).

Hoey, R. (2013, June). "Examining Christian college students’ summer school choices." Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 16(2).

Hoey, R. (2012, June). "What does the teacher do when the computer does all of the work?" International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 9(6), 43-58.

Hoey, R. (2012). "Examining the Impact of Teacher-Generated Feedback in Online Secondary Math Courses Where Computer-Assisted Instruction is Embedded." (Doctoral dissertation). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database (AAT 3507176).

Barbour, M., Brown, R., Hasler Waters, L., Hoey, R., Hunt, J., Kennedy, K., Ousworth, C., Powell, A., and Trimm, T. (2011, November). "Online and blended learning: A survey of policy and practice of K-12 schools around the world." Vienna, VA: iNACOL.


“Nurturing Relationships in the Transactional Space of Online Learning,” June 5, 2019. CCCU Commission on Technology Conference 2019. Wheaton, Illinois.

“Diversity in Online Programs: the Promise and the Progress,” June 5, 2018. Christian Adult Higher Education Association Conference 2018. Asheville, North Carolina.

“Connecting the Changing Concept of Disability and Accessibility in Online Learning with Reflection on Student to Student Engagement,” March 14, 2018. 2018 ACCESS Conference: Online Learning Ecologies: Connections and Interactions. Liberty University, Virtual.

“Invited Presentation - Discussion Drudgery: What Counts, What You Can Quit,” February 16, 2018. Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment; The 2018 Virtual Conference. University of Idaho, Virtual.

“Discussion Drudgery: What Counts, What You Can Quit,” June 19, 2017. Distance Learning Administration Conference 2017. Jekyll Island, Georgia.

"Bringing the Staff On Board: Development of an Adult Student Services Committee to Improve Service to Online Students," February 9, 2016. FantasTECH Virtual Conference 2016. Online.

“Impact of Administrator & Administrative Structure on Online Programs,” July 30, 2015. Christian Adult Higher Education Association Conference 2015. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"Frank Talk About the Cost of Marketing Distance Programs," July 1, 2015. Distance Learning Administration Conference 2015. Jekyll Island, Georgia.

"From Traditional Professor to Online Course Designer: Online Professional Development to Support Online Course Development," June 9, 2014. Distance Learning Administration Conference 2014. Jekyll Island, Georgia.

"From Online Professor to Online Course Designer: Online Professional Development to Support Online Course Development," March 20, 2014. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference, 2014. Jacksonville, Florida.

"Examining Christian College Students’ Summer School Choices," June 3, 2013. Distance Learning Administration Conference, 2013. Jekyll Island, Georgia.

"Self-Paced But Not Alone—Research on Feedback and Computer-Assisted Instruction," October 11, 2012. 18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning. Orlando, Florida.

"Examining the Impact of Teacher-Generated Feedback in Online Secondary Courses Where Computer-Assisted Instruction is Embedded," April 11, 2012. IdeaFest, University of South Dakota. Vermillion, South Dakota.

"Curriculum Mapping," October 11, 2011. Northwest Iowa Community College. Sheldon, Iowa.

"Using VoiceThread to Promote Immediacy in Online Courses," April 11-12, 2011. Iowa Community College Online Consortium Spring Conference, Ames, Iowa.

"Making Feedback Meaningful and Motivating in the Online or Traditional Classroom," February 20, 2010. The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching & Learning Winter Conference, Bloomington, Minnesota.

"Beginning a Teacher Mentorship Program," April 2000, A Celebration of Caring, Sharing and Learning Conference, Champlin Park, Minnesota.

Curriculum Design Coordinator, Northwest Iowa Community College

Online Instructor, New Faculty Mentor and Online Tutor, Axia College of the University of Phoenix

Adjunct Faculty, Buena Vista University

Campus Adviser, Transfer Specialist and International Student Adviser, Minnesota West Community and Technical College

International Association for K-12 Online Learning

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Delta Pi Epsilon

Recipient of Graduate Research Award, University of South Dakota, November 2010

Leadership in Educational Excellence Award, State of Minnesota, November 2000

Certificate of Recognition for Leadership in Developing a Teacher Mentorship Program, Paynesville Area Schools, November 2000

National Business Education Association Award of Merit, May 1995