Doctorate of Philosophy, Arizona State University

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Mark Ryan
Mark Ryan, PhD
College of Liberal Arts


Presently living in San Diego, CA, Dr. Mark Ryan is an Associate Professor and Chair of General Education in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. He has taught at all grade levels, from elementary classes to university seminars. He holds a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a Master’s of Education from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, and a Doctorate in Higher and Adult Education from Arizona State University at Tempe. He was awarded the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award at National University and has co-authored, with Dr. Peter Serdyukov, a book entitled Writing Effective Lesson Plans: The 5-Star Approach. Dr. Ryan’s best-known work is his book Ask the Teacher: a Practitioner’s Guide to Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom, which can be found in over 350 university libraries.


Dr. Mark Ryan collaborated with fellow Ashford faculty members Dr. Jacqueline Ryan-Rojas and Dr. Jeremy Douglass on a paper that was virtually presented in Barcelona, Spain in July 2012. The paper was entitled Social Learning Theory and Online Education: Reciprocal Determinism within Threaded Discussions. This project measured the relationship between professorial input and student output within threaded discussions in a doctoral online education program. Its findings suggested new research-based best practices in post-secondary online education and informed methodological approaches for future faculty training, development, and peer reviews.