Our faculty includes a cadre of outstanding scholars and artists who have already made major contributions to their field.
Marjorie A. Zielke, PhD, is an assistant professor of Arts and Technology and Associate Director of the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering at UT Dallas. In September 2013, she was named by University President, Dr. David Daniel, as one of the top 12 professors on the UT Dallas campus (out of approximately 500 faculty), based on expenditures from externally funded sources in FY13.
Dr. Zielke is the UT Dallas principal investigator on several serious game projects oriented toward professional development and education in the military, culture and medical sectors to include the First Person Cultural Trainer (FPCT), sponsored by TRADOC G2 Intelligence Support Activity; An Interactive Respiratory Training Game for Undergraduate Nursing Students, sponsored by the Transforming Undergraduate Education (TUE) program at UT Systems through the UT Arlington College of Nursing (UTACON); and the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program, a web-based educational blended-learning portal called NursingAP.com, sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through UTACON.
Dr. Zielke is also the site principal investigator on a social-media based educational game to enhance Physician/Nurse communication sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) through collaboration with UTACON and Baylor Health Care System. This project is called GLIMPSE (A Game to Learn Important Communication Methods for Patient SafetyEnhancement).
To date, all of Dr. Zielke's major completed projects have won national and international awards. Most recently, in October 2013, GLIMPSE is a finalist in the business category of the Serious Games Competition at the Interservice/Interindustry Training and Simulation Conference (IITSEC) and will be on display at the conference this December.
Further, FPCT won the government category in this competition in 2011. FPCT also won first place in the "Innovations in Department of Defense Gaming" competition at the GameTech 2011 Conference in Orlando, Florida. In addition, FPCT won the cross function award from the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) in January 2010 and was also a finalist for the Governor's Cup at IITSEC in Orlando, Florida in 2009.
"Can Game Play Teach Student Nurses How to Save Lives?" the UT Systems respiratory training game in conjunction with Dr. Judy LeFlore from UTACON - is a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate. This project also won first place at the 11th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in the category of Emerging and Innovative Technologies & Methods.
NursingAP.com tied for first place as Best Demonstration Project at the "Innovations in Health Science Education" conference sponsored by the six health science campuses within the UT System. NursingAP.com also won second place or honorable mention in 2013 at the 13th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH).
Dr. Zielke is the Vice President for Education for the Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS). She is also the Deputy Chairman of the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition (NMSC). She is frequently an invited speaker at well-known national and international conferences that focus on game-based simulation to include IITSEC, the International Training and Education Conference (ITEC), GameTech and Meaningful Play at Michigan State University. She teaches classes - through face-to-face, online and blended formats - in cyberpsychology, virtual humans and synthetic societies, transformational technology development, creating autonomous technology, and interactive project management. She has several years of industry management experience in e-learning and e-business development
PhD in Humanities - Aesthetic Studies, The University of Texas at Dallas
MBA, The University of Texas at Arlington
Master's Degree in International Business, University of Dallas
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana