Kristen Chorba is a Curriculum Development Specialist for the Office of Digital Learning. Before coming to The University of Arizona, Kristen worked as an instructional designer for the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University, where she collaborated with faculty to design and build online courses in Communication Studies, Journalism and Mass Communications, Library and Information Sciences, and Visual Communication Design.
Kristen earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Kent State University, as well as a master’s degree in higher education administration and a certificate in college teaching. The focus of her dissertation research was a peer mentoring project, which had originally been created by a colleague to support undergraduate teacher education majors. Kristen’s dissertation research incorporated reflecting processes, photo elicitation, and phenomenological interviewing to describe the experiences of the mentors who participated in this mentoring project and aims to continue the conversation regarding what it is to be a mentor. This research project is ongoing and continues to evolve. Kristen’s research interests include teacher education, mentoring, relational learning, and online education. She has presented her research locally, regionally, and nationally.
In addition to her work in instructional design, Kristen has taught undergraduate educational psychology, graduate learning theories, and, most recently, designed an online workshop about peer mentoring, which she currently teaches for Kent State University. In her free time, Kristen practices yoga, reads about health and wellness-related topics, and travels.