Professor Pan received his Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Instructional Technology from the University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando in August 2003. Prior to graduation, he worked as a part-time instructional designer and a graduate research/lab assistant at UCF.
Education is betterment. Born in a teacher's family, he vowed to contribute to human betterment through education. Prior to UCF, two years teaching experience, plus one year internship, in an island middle school on southern Taiwan allowed him, as a certified teacher, to take a proactive approach to disadvantaged students, with enthusiasm and empathy, as well as professionalism. All these experiences led to his successful university teaching and student advising experiences in UCF and later in UTB.
In October 2004, he and his UCF associates were recognized by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology's (AECT) International Division. The 2004 Outstanding Practice Award (by a Student of Educational Technology) was conferred by the Division. In Fall 2006, he received a Faculty Exceptional Merit awarded by UTB. As of Fall 2006, he serves as U.S.A. Official Observer for the International Council for Educational Media. In Spring 2010, he was appointed Communication Officer by the International Division and has served on the Division Board since then. In Fall 2010, he becomes tenured and promoted to the rank of associate professor at UTB. At the same time, he is appointed as a Graduate Faculty Scholar by UCF. Additionally, he is a conference planner, a manuscript reviewer for journals and books, and a local Rotary Club member and secretary.
Since 2001, he has given multiple paper presentations at regional, national, and international conferences and published various articles in various peer-reviewed journals, such as Educational Technology Research & Development, Quarterly Review of Distance Education, Journal of Educational Computing and Research, British Journal of Educational Technology, and Performance Improvement Quarterly. His primary research interest centers on distance education.
Teaming up with other professionals, he will continue devoting himself to the Program and the University community by sustaining every possible effort to achieve teaching effectiveness, seeking external fundings, and assuming an aggressive research agenda to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, in a hope for a multi-win situation.