Lori Kupczynski, EdD

Professor, EdD Program


St. Augustine, FL


College of Health Sciences


Higher Education
Higher Education Leadership
Instructional Design


Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Master of Arts in English Literature and Language, St. Mary’s University
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, St. Mary’s University

Research Interests

Online Learning in Higher Education Settings
New and Emerging Technologies complementary to research with Adult Learners

Lori Kupczynski, EdD, serves as a faculty member in the areas of research methodology and educational leadership. Prior to this position, she has served over 20 years in higher education in the areas of English, communication, adult education, higher education, and educational leadership.

She began her teaching career in the community college setting where she focused on the essential understanding of written and oral language along with exploring face-to-face, hybrid, and online mediums for learning. After receiving her doctorate, her passion for online learning was expanded as she served in the capacity of instructional designer, expanding her expertise in online course design and delivery. Her career interests continued to expand with her work at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in her many roles in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling. She has served as associate professor and in the administrative roles of program director of the Educational Leadership doctoral program, the doctoral-level transcripted certificate program in Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) and the Adult Education Master of Education program. She also serves as a Master Reviewer for the Quality Matters program.

Along with teaching, Lori has international recognition for her work in higher education and online learning. She has served as a consultant for quality instruction in online environments at American Public University System, Excelsior College, DeVry University Online, US Education, Johns Hopkins University and many others. She also currently serves on the Faculty Advisory Committee for Excelsior College School of Undergraduate Studies and contributes to the Online Learning Consortium as a facilitator of Research Methods. She has many invited presentations, including contribution to the Provost Speaker Series at APUS.

In recognition of her work, Lori was the Recipient of the 2012 United States Distance Learning Association’s Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the field of Distance Learning Award and the 2012 Distinguished Researcher Award from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She also received the 2017 Outstanding Senior Faculty Award in the College of Education and Human Performance at TAMUK. Her proposal, What’s in Your Tool Box? Tools to Optimize Social Presence and Student Engagement in an eLearning Environment, was selected as the recipient of the “Best-in-Track” award in the Learning Effectiveness track for the OLC Accelerate 2018 conference.