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Mervyn J. Wighting, Ph.D.
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Mervyn J. Wighting, Ph.D.

Bio

Dr. Mervyn J. Wighting teaches in Regent University's M.Ed. degree programs. He chairs the university’s Career Switcher program for alternative teacher licensure and has been the Project Director for a $1.25 million federal Transition to Teaching grant. He currently teaches online sections of Foundations in Education for Transition Professionals, Exploring the Curriculum, Classroom Management for Transitioning Teachers and Professional Projects.

Prior to joining the Regent faculty, Dr. Wighting taught face-to-face and asynchronous television courses at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Wighting's Ph.D. dissertation is in the field of classroom community and how it may be affected by technology, and he continues to explore the dynamics of learning communities. The current focus of his research is to investigate different aspects of school and classroom community in order to assist teachers to develop their instruction in ways that will connect with a diversity of learners. For more details of this research, click here.

Wighting is also pursuing a line of research that measures students’ perceived learning to investigate whether there may be relationships with their actual learning. This research includes studying the effectiveness of teachers in the classroom and their measurement of children’s learning.

Credentials

B.Ed. University of Sussex; M.S. Ed. Old Dominion University; Ph.D. Old Dominion University

Publications

Recent Publications

Martinez, R. & Wighting M.J. (In development). Alternative licensure teacher preparation strategies: Does theory align with practice?

Wighting, M. J. & Derrick, M. G. (2019). A longitudinal evaluation of an alternative licensure preparation program. International Journal of Education and Social Science, 6(4), 1-7. Available online at: http://www.ijessnet.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/1.pdf

Derrick, M.G. & Wighting, M.J. (2018). Cultural Awareness Research and Implications for Practice and Professional Development. In Peltz, D. (Ed.), Multicultural Andragogy for Transformative Learning.ISBN-13: 978-1522534747. Available online at: https://www.igi-global.com/gateway/book/180990

Wighting, M.J. (2017). Teacher preparation delivered online: Alleviating teacher shortages. International Journal of Education and Social Science, 4(7), 29-32. Available online at: http://www.ijessnet.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/4.pdf

Wighting, M. J. & Christmann, E.P. (2016). The missing dimension: 3D brings science to life. Science Scope: Journal of the National Science Teachers Association. Available online at: http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2016/07/15/3d-brings-science-to-life/

Wighting, M.J (Ed.). (2016). We switched careers! Alternative licensure teachers' journey to the classroom. Chesapeake, VA: Watertree Press LLC, ISBN: 978-0-9911046-8-0.

Jordan, H., Hunter, E., Lee, I.C., Wighting, M. & Derrick, M.G. (2016). Tablet technology for educators. In Proceedings of Global Learn 2016 (pp. 89-95). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Rockinson-Szapkiw, A.J., Wendt, J., Wighting, M.J. & Nisbet, D.L. (2016). The predictive relationship among the CoI framework, teacher immediacy, perceived learning and online, graduate students' course grades. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning. Available online at: http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/2203/3733

Jordan H., Hunter, E., Douglas M., & Wighting M.J. (2015). Tablet technology in teacher preparation: A case study – the Nook initiative. The Teacher Educators' Journal, 2015 22-36. Available online at: http://files.umwblogs.org/ateva.org/files/2009/05/04185224/The-Teacher- Educators-Journal-Fall_Winter-2014_2015.pdf

Wighting, M.J. & Derrick, G. (2015). Relationships between sense of community and academic achievement: A comparison among teacher preparation candidates in an online program. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2015 (pp. 3129-3134). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Derrick, M. & Wighting, M.J. (2015). Student Achievement in Higher Education. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2015 (pp. 1069-1073). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Wighting, M.J. (2014). Measuring learning among teacher preparation candidates. US-China Education Review A, 4(9) 646-650.

Wighting, M. J., Nisbet, D.L., & Spaulding, L.S. (2013). Relationships among graduate students' sense of community, their perceived learning, and actual learning. The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation,20(1), 25-32. Available online at: http://ijlae.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.251/prod.22.

Wighting, M.J. (2013). Promise Partners. Virginia Teacher, March-April 2013, 6-8.

Wighting, M.J. & Bowers, K. D. (2013). Old school vs. new school: iPads for iWight. Virginia Teacher, January - February 2013, 10-11.

Nisbet, D.L., Wighting, M.J. & Rockinson-Szapkiw, A.J. (2013). Measuring sense of community and academic learning in graduate education. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies,7(1), 1-8. Available online at http://ijiest.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.265/prod.3

Wighting, M.J. (2012). Principals we love: Exceeding expectations. Virginia Teacher, May-June 2012, 6-9.

Wighting, M. J. & Derrick, M. G. (2012). Measuring perceived learning in higher education. In: F. Doyran (Ed.) Research on Teacher Education and Training. Athens Institute for Education and Research. ISBN: 978-960-9549-74-5.

Wighting, M.J. (2011). Measuring sense of community and perceived learning among alternative licensure candidates. Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 6(1), 4-12. Available online at http://www.jnaac.org/jnaac/

Wighting, M. J., Nisbet, D.L., & Spaulding, L.S. (2011). Relationships between sense of community and perceived learning. The International Journal of the Humanities(8)8, 119-126. Available online at http://ijh.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.26/prod.1901

Other Publications

Lucking, R.A., & Christmann, E.P. & Wighting, M.J. (2010). Hang up and learn: Cell phones in the science classroom. Science Scope, Journal of the National Science Teachers Association, 33(9), 82-85.

Wighting, M.J. & McKown, S. (2010). Following in the family footsteps. Tidewater Teacher, May- June 2010, 6-9.

Lucking, R.A., & Christmann, E.P. & Wighting, M.J. (2010). Cell phones for science. Science Scope: Journal of the National Science Teachers Association, 33(5), 58-61.

Tindall, E.R, Wighting, M. J., & Nisbet, D.L. (2010). Beyond the classroom: The

summer language camp phenomenon. In: M. Dantas-Whitney & S. Rilling (Eds) Authenticity in the classroom and beyond: Children and adolescent learners. TESOL Classroom Practice Series.

Schuette, C.T., Wighting, M.J., Spaulding, L.S., Ponton, M.K., & Betts, A.L. (2009). Factors that influence teachers' views on standardized tests. The Teacher Educators' Journal,17, 27-40.

Lucking, R. A., Wighting, M. J., & Christmann, E. P. (2009). Podcasts and blogs to the classroom. Science Scope: Journal of the National Science Teachers Association, 33(3), 64-67.

Wighting, M.J. & McKown, S. (2009). Recession proof teaching: Every cloud has a silver lining. Tidewater Teacher, September-October 2009, 8-11.

Wighting, M. J., Nisbet, D.L., & Spaulding, L.S. (2009). Relationships between sense of community and academic achievement: A comparison among high school students. The International Journal of the Humanities, 7(3), 63-72.Available online at http://ijh.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.26/prod.1588

Wighting, M.J. & Liu, J. (2009). Relationships between sense of community and religious commitment among students in Christian high school. Journal of Research on Christian Education,18(1), 56-68. Available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10656210902751834

Wighting, M.J. (2009). How to thrive in the first year of teaching. Tidewater Teacher, May-June 2009, 6-8.

Lucking, R. A., Wighting, M. J., & Christmann, E. P. (2009). TeacherTube for science. Science Scope: Journal of the National Science Teachers Association, 32(1), 32-35.

Rovai, A. P., Wighting, M. J., Baker, J. D., & Grooms, L. D. (2008). Development of an instrument to measure perceived cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning in traditional and virtual higher education classroom settings. Internet and Higher Education, 11(3). Available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2008.10.002.

Wighting, M. J., Nisbet, D.L., Liu, J. & Martins, P.F. (2008). Relationships between sense of community and religious commitment: An international comparison among high school students. The International Journal of the Humanities, 15(5), 29-36.

Wighting, M. J., Liu, J., & Rovai, A. P. (2008). Distinguishing sense of community and motivation characteristics between online and traditional college students. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 9(3), 285-295.

Lucking, R.A., Christmann, E.P. & Wighting, M.J. (2008). Make your own mashup maps. Science Scope: Journal of the National Science Teachers Association, 31(8), 58-61.

Rovai, A. P., Gallien, L. B., Jr., & Wighting, M. J. (2008). Graduate student academic achievement and learning style preferences: A case study comparison of graduate students with undergraduate degrees from predominantly white and historically Black colleges and universities. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 19 (2&3), 221-239.

Wighting, M.J. (2007). Planting seeds for success. Tidewater Teacher, Sep-Oct 2007, 8-11.

Lucking, R. A., Wighting, M. J., & Christmann, E. P. (2007). Electronic Bulletin Boards and Digital Student Groups. Science Scope: Journal of the National Science Teachers Association, 30 (8), 52- 56.

Wighting, M. J., Lucking, R. A., & Christmann, E. P. (2007). In the eye of all beholders. Science Scope: Journal of the National Science Teachers Association, 30 (7), 80-81.

Rovai, A. P., Ponton, M. K., Wighting, M. J., & Baker, J. D. (2007). A comparative analysis of student motivation in traditional and online courses. International Journal on E-Learning, 6(3), 413-432.

Wighting, M. J. (2006). Effects of computer use on high school students' sense of community. The Journal of Educational Research, 99 (6), 371-379.

Wighting, M. J., Lucking, R. A., & Christmann, E. P. (2006). Chapters 10, 11, 14 & 17. In E.P. Christmann (Ed.), Technology-based inquiry for middle school. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press. ISBN: 0-87355-266-0.

Wighting, M. J., Lucking, R. A., & Christmann, E. P. (2006). Homework helpers. Science Scope: Journal of the National Science Teachers Association, 29 (3), 76-77.

Lucking, R.A., & Christmann, E.P. & Wighting, M.J. (2006). Wordsmiths on the web. Science Scope: Journal of the National Science Teachers Association, 29 (7), 70-71.

Wighting, M. J., Lucking, R. A., & Christmann, E. P. (2006). Exploring Earth's Oceans. Science Class: Online Journal of the National Science Teachers Association. Available at http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-08/member_middle.htm.

Wighting, M. J., Nisbet, D.L., & Tindall, E.R. (2005). Exploring a summer English language camp experience in China: A descriptive case study. The Asian EFL Journal, 7 (4). Available at http://www.asian-efl-journal.com/December_05_mw&dn&et.php.

Rovai, A. P., Gallien, L. B., Jr., & Wighting, M. J. (2005). Cultural and interpersonal factors affecting African American academic performance in higher education: A review and synthesis of the research literature. Journal of Negro Education, 74 (3), 359-370.

Wighting, M. J., Lucking, R. A., & Christmann, E. P. (2005). In flight, online. Science Scope: Journal of the National Science Teachers Association, 28 (10), 20-22.

Rovai, A. P., Wighting, M. J., & Liu, J. (2005). School climate: Sense of classroom and school communities in online and on-campus higher education courses. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 6 (4), 361-374.

Wighting, M. J., Lucking, R. A., & Christmann, E. P. (2005). Viewing volcanoes. Science Scope: Journal of the National Science Teachers Association, 28 (3), 54-56.

Rovai, A. P., & Wighting, M. J. (2005). Feelings of alienation and community among higher education students in a virtual classroom. Internet and Higher Education, 8 (2), 97-110. Available at www.regent.edu/acad/schedu/pdfs/feelings_of_alienation_and_community.pdf.

Rovai, A. P., Wighting, M. J., & Lucking, R. (2004). The Classroom and School Community Inventory: Development, refinement, and validation of a self-report measure for educational research. Internet and Higher Education, 7 (4), 263-280. Available at www.regent.edu/acad/schedu/pdfs/classroom_school_community.pdf.

Wighting, M. J., Lucking, R. A., & Christmann, E. P. (2004). Underwater web work. Science Scope: Journal of the National Science Teachers Association, 27 (8), 46-47.

Wighting, M. J., Lucking, R. A., & Christmann, E. P. (2004). The latest in handheld microscopes. Science Scope: Journal of the National Science Teachers Association, 27 (6), 58-61.

Wighting, M. J., Lucking, R. A., & Christmann, E. P. (2004). Up-to-the-minute meteorology. Science Scope: Journal of the National Science Teachers Association, 27 (5), 44-46.

Presentations

Wighting, M.J. (2019, April). Theory to practice: Researching best practices in preparing teachers for secondary schools. 21st Annual International Conference on Education, Athens, Greece.

Wighting M.J. & Martinez, R. (2019, March). Alternative licensure teacher preparation strategies: Does theory align with practice? Annual Conference of National Association for Alternative Certification, Washington, DC.

Wighting, M.J. & Derrick, M.G. (2018, April). An update on effectiveness of online preparation of alternative licensure teachers. Annual Conference of National Association for Alternative Certification, Las Vegas, NV.

Wighting M.J. & Derrick, M.G. (2017, April). Teacher preparation delivered online: Measuring alumni effectiveness and retention. 19th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies, Athens, Greece.

Derrick, M.G. & Wighting M.J. (2017, March). Cultural Awareness: Research and Implications for Practice and Professional Development with Virginia Career Switchers. Annual Conference of National Association for Alternative Certification, San Antonio, TX.

Jordan, H.M., Hunter, E., Lee, I.C., Wighting, M.J., & Derrick, M.G. (2016, April). Tablet Technology for Educators. Global Learn 2016, Limerick, Ireland.

Wighting M.J., Derrick M.G., & Jordan, H. M. (2016, March). Still teaching…and effectively? An investigation into retention rates and teaching success of Career Switcher alumni. Conference of Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Preparation, Roanoke, VA.

Jordan, H. M., Hunter, E., Lee, I, C., Wighting M.J. & Derrick M.G. (2016, March). Increasing intentionality: Tablet technology in teacher preparation. Conference of Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Preparation, Roanoke, VA.

Derrick, M.G. & Wighting M.J. (2016, March). Alternative licensure teachers: Impact on children's learning plus retention rates. Annual Conference of National Association for Alternative Certification, New Orleans, LA.

Derrick, M.G. & Wighting, (2015, March). Student Achievement in Higher Education. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wighting, M.J. & Derrick, M.G. (2015, March). Relationships between sense of community and academic achievement: A comparison among teacher preparation candidates in an online program. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Derrick, M.G., Wighting, M.J. & Jordan, H. (2014, June). Bridging the Theory to Practice Gap with Adult Learners in the Online Environment. The 2014 Teaching Professor Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Wighting, M.J. & Derrick, M.G. (2014, March). Switching Successfully? An Investigation into Alumni Career Switchers' Performance and Retention In The Teaching Profession. 25th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Ponte Vedra Beach, FLA.

Derrick, M.G. & Wighting, M.J. (2013, September). Understanding culture in the development of online programs. NUTN Network 2013 Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

Wighting, M. J., Nisbet, D.L., & Spaulding, L.S. (2013, July). Relationships among graduate students' sense of community, their perceived learning, and actual learning. 20th International Conference on Learning, Rhodes, Greece.

Wighting, M.J., Derrick, M.G., & Spruce, R.S. (2012, October). Measuring sense of community and student motivation in an online teacher preparation program. E-Learn 2012 - World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Montreal Canada.

Wighting, M.J. & Derrick, M.G. (2012, September). Measuring sense of community and student motivation in a transition to teaching program. NUTN Network 2012 Conference, Kansas City, MO.

Wighting, M.J. & Derrick, M.G. (2011, May). Measuring perceived learning in higher education.13th Annual International Conference on Education, Athens, Greece.

Wighting, M.J. & Derrick, M.G. (2010, October). Measuring perceived learning and learning assessed by grades. 59th International Conference of the American Association for Adult & Continuing Education, Clearwater, FLA.

Derrick, M.G. & Wighting, M.J. (2010, October). Development of Autonomous Learners in an Online Ed.D. Program. 59th International Conference of the American Association for Adult & Continuing Education, Clearwater, FLA.

Lucking, R.A., Wighting, M.J., Perron, N., & Derrick, M.G. (2010, October). Questions of Academic Rigor and Workload Relative to Perceived Learning in Three Learning Venues. E-Learn 2010, Orlando, FLA.

Wighting, M. J., Lucking, R. A., & Christmann, E. P. (2010, April). Measuring perceived learning: A comparison among students in three institutions of higher education. 21st International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Ponte Vedra Beach, FLA.

Wighting, M.J. & Derrick, M.G. (2010, January). Switching Away from the 20thCentury.National Association for Alternative Certification 20th Annual Conference, Summerlin, NV.

Derrick, M.G. & Wighting, M.J. (2010, January). Teacher motivation and orientation for teaching: A comparison between teachers preparing for alternative certification and teachers preparing for traditional licensure. National Association for Alternative Certification 20th Annual Conference, Summerlin, NV.

Wighting, M.J. (2009, November). Measuring sense of community and perceived learning among adults in an alternative teaching licensure program. 58th International Conference of the American Association for Adult & Continuing Education, Cleveland, Ohio.

Wighting, M. J. & Nisbet, D. L. (2009, June). Sense of community and academic achievement: A comparison among high school students. 7th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Beijing, China.

Schuette, C. T., Wighting, M. J., Spaulding, L. S., Ponton, M. K., & Betts, A. L. (2009,February). Factors which contribute to positive teacher views of standardized tests. New Mexico Higher Education Assessment and Retention Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Wighting, M. J. & Nisbet, D. L. (2009, February). Sense of community and academic achievement. Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators, Dallas, Texas.

Wighting, M.J. (2008, November). The challenges of switching career to schoolteacher with an online delivery of just five courses! E-Learn 2008 - World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lucking, R. A. & Wighting, M. J. (2008, October). Ethnic identification and learning preferences of minority students. American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, Austin, Texas.

Wighting, M. J. & Nisbet, D. L. (2008, October). School community and religious commitment: Interactions in Christian high schools. Annual Convention of Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Orlando, Florida.

Wighting, M. J., Nisbet, D. L., Martins, P. F. & Jing, L. (2008, June). Community and commitment in the school environment. 2º Congresso Internacional de Educação, São José, Brazil.

Nisbet, D. L. & Wighting, M. J. (2008, June). Community and commitment: How social dynamics may affect the learning process for high school students. The Fifteenth International Conference on Learning, Chicago, Illinois.

Lucking, R. A., Wighting, M. J., & Christmann, E. (2007, October). The myth of the negative influence of convenience on students' assessment of their online learning. E-Learn 2007: World

Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Quebec City, Canada.

Wighting, M. J., (2007, April). Discrepancy analyses within the constructs of school and classroom community. International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Wighting, M. J., Rovai, A. P., Baker, J. D., & Grooms, L. D., (2007, March). Measuring perceived learning. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Lucking, R. A., & Hecht, J. & Wighting, M.J. (2006, April). Faculty perceptions of the value of sense of community, International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Wighting, M. J., Rovai, A. P., Lucking, R. A., & Hecht, J. (2005, October). Sense of classroom community: An analysis of measurements between students and their instructors. E-Learn 2005 - World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Vancouver, Canada. Available at http://www.aace.org/conf/eLearn/default.htm.

Hecht, J., Lucking, R. A. & Wighting, M. J. (2005, April). Sense of community as found in three institutions of higher education. Virginia Community College System's New Horizons Conference, Roanoke, Virginia.

Nisbet, D.L., Tindall, E.R. & Wighting, M. J., (2005, April). Exploring English language learning and teaching in contemporary China: Two perspectives. International Society for Language Studies Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Wighting, M.J., Rovai, A. P., Lucking, R. A., & Hecht, J. (2005, January). Sense of community and perceived learning: Implications for higher education instructors. Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii. Available at http://www.hiceducation.org/.

Lucking, R. A., Rovai, A. P., Wighting, M. J., & Christmann, E. (2004, November). Sense of community as found in three institutions of higher education: A metric for assessment. E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Washington, D.C. Available at http://www.editlib.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Reader.ViewAbstract&paper_id=11350.

Lucking, R. A., Rovai, A. P., & Wighting, M. J. (2004, July). The relationship between sense of alienation and sense of community within selected university learning environments. Fourth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations, UCLA, Los Angeles, California.

Ireland, M., Lucking, R. A., & Wighting, M. J., (2002, April). Comparative student perception and interactional event analysis in an urban computer-based distance education environment. International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Jacksonville, Florida.

Lucking, R. A. & Wighting, M. J., (2002, February). Data analysis software for school administrators. Virginia Transition Forum - 2002. Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Awards

  • 2011-2012 Project Director, $255,000 federal Transition to Teaching grant.
  • 2010-2011 Project Director, $245,200 federal Transition to Teaching grant.
  • 2009-2010 Project Director, $232,200 federal Transition to Teaching grant.
  • 2008-2009 Project Director, $242,200 federal Transition to Teaching grant.
  • 2007-2008 Project Director, $248,200 federal Transition to Teaching grant.
  • 2020 Awarded Regent University Chancellor's Award for Excellence (Professor of the Year, 2019/20).
  • 2020 Awarded Regent University Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Research.
  • Awarded 2011-2012 Professor of The Year – School of Education, Regent University, May 2012.
  • Recipient of 2010 award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology by the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, April 2010.
  • Collaboratively awarded 2010 Grant for Educational Research by the National Association for Alternative Certification, January 2010.
  • 2017: appointed Virginia state representative for the National Association for Alternative Certification.
  • 2018-2019 Collaboratively awarded $5,000 faculty research grant.
  • 2016-2017 Collaboratively awarded $900 faculty research grant.
  • 2015-2016 Collaboratively awarded $5,000 faculty research grant.
  • 2013-2014 Collaboratively awarded $3,714 faculty research grant.
  • 2011-2012 Collaboratively awarded $1,550 faculty research grant.
  • 2008-2009 Collaboratively awarded $5,500 faculty research grant.
  • 2007-2008 Collaboratively awarded $6,513 faculty research grant.
  • 2006-2007 Collaboratively awarded $6,055 faculty research grant.
  • 2005-2006 Collaboratively awarded $3,939 faculty research grant.
  • 2004-2005 Collaboratively awarded $5,300 faculty research grant.