brad mehlenbacher, phd

associate professor, nc state university

mailing address

Dr. Brad Mehlenbacher, Associate Professor of Distance Learning, Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development (ELPHD), College of Education, Box 7801
NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695

curriculum vitae

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My title at NC State University is Associate Professor of Distance Learning (Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development), Primary Area Faculty Member with Human Factors & Applied Cognition (Psychology), Affiliated Faculty Member with Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media (English and Communication), and Affiliated Faculty Member with the Digital Games Research Center (Computer Science). I have a PhD in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University (where I focused on online information design, usability, and human-computer interaction), and a BA and MA in Honours English Co-Op from the University of Waterloo (where I focused on computer-assisted learning and computational text analysis).

It takes a little initiative to become an affiliated faculty member with departments other than one's own, but these affiliations highlight my commitment to multidisiplinary research where the most interesting problems exist.

buying the 2012 ncte / cccc's best book in technical and scientific communication

Brad Mehlenbacher's (2010) Instruction and Technology: Designs for Everyday Learning. The MIT Press. September 2010, 7 x 9, 504 pp., 26 illus. $35.00/£25.95 (cloth). ISBN-10: 0-262-01394-0. ISBN-13: 978-0-262-01394-9 [more...].

Instruction & Technology book cover
"Best cover of the year"
(Stephen Downes, 2011)


My research emphasizes how technology influences human communication and, specifically, how we use technology to design effective instruction. Research on how we design usable interfaces and on how adults learn is critical to this challenge [more...].


I am currently teaching EAC 692-601 (Research Projects in Education) and EAC 585-601 (Integrating Technology into Training). This and other courses I teach stress that, while the technological landscape of the last several decades has changed dramatically, many of the fundamental challenges facing technologists, researchers, educators, and users remain the same [more...].

Eleanor & Frances, dresses
"Since love grows within you, so beauty grows.
For love is the beauty of the soul" (Saint Augustine)