Aimee Whiteside is an associate professor in the English and Writing Department at the University of Tampa where she previously served as interim co-director her university’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the chair of her university’s Online Teaching and Learning Committee (OTLC). She recently co-edited and led the process for the award-winning book, Social Presence in Online Learning: Multiple Perspectives on Research and Practice, with Drs. Amy Garrett Dikkers and Karen Swan.
Additionally, Dr. Whiteside was invited as an expert panelist for EDUCAUSE’s Horizon Report for 2020 and 2021.
Her work has been featured in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Online Learning Journal (OLJ), Journal of Interactive Online Learning (JIOL), Quarterly Review of Distance Education, International Journal of E-Learning and Distance Education (IJEDE), EDUCAUSE Review, and the Online Learning Consortium’s Effective Practices. Additionally, she has written chapters in several books, such as Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Community Partnerships; Handbook of Research on Emerging Practices and Methods; Emotions, Technology, and Learning; and Computer-Mediated Communication across Cultures: International Interactions in Online Environments as well as special volumes in the Advances in Research on Teaching and the New Directions in Teaching and Learning series. She specializes in social presence, blended and online learning, technology-enhanced learning, learning environments research, technical and professional communication, and academic writing.
Over the years, Dr. Whiteside has received multiple honors and awards for her work, including a 2010 and a 2014 Best in Track award at the Online Learning Conference as well as various institutional and publisher research awards. Additionally, her book, Social Presence in Online Learning: Multiple Perspectives on Research and Practice, was awarded the 2020 Distance Education Book Award by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)’s Division of Distance Learning (DDL).
Before pursuing a career in teaching, Dr. Whiteside held a professional career as a Technical Writer and an Information Design Consultant for various organizations in the upper Midwest region of the United States. She also served as a Research Fellow and Consultant in the Digital Media Center at the University of Minnesota. She taught at the University of Minnesota (2001-2007; 2009) and at the University of Wisconsin at Stout (2010-2011). She has served in programmatic leadership roles at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and she was a Curriculum/Research Coordinator for the Center for the Advanced Study in Technology in Leadership Education (CASTLE). She also served on programmatical assessment committees, including her college’s Assessment Coordinator for the re-accreditation process, managing seven department committees and coordinators.