Research Interests: Institutional change, Student motivation, Game-based learning
John Morelock, Ph.D.
EETI Associate Director for Educational Innovation and Impact
Dr. Morelock is an Assistant Professor of Practice with an emphasis on engineering education research, and EETI’s Associate Director of Educational Innovation and Impact. In addition to coordinating EETI’s faculty development programming, Dr. Morelock conducts research on institutional change via faculty development, with an emphasis on innovative ways to cultivate and evaluate supportive teaching and learning networks in engineering departments and colleges. He received his doctoral degree in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech, where he was a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. His dissertation studied the teaching practices of engineering instructors during game-based learning activities, and how these practices affected student motivation.
Morelock, J., Sochacka, N., & Walther, J. (2021). Building Communities of Engineering Faculty, Staff, and Students Engaged in Educational Research: The Approach of UGA’s Engineering Education Transformations Institute. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 20, 131-138
Morelock, J. R., Salado, A., Lakeh, A. B., & Richards, T. K. (2021). Demonstrating the elusive outcomes of decision-making, information-seeking, and adaptability: A market simulation game for engineering students. Advances in Engineering Education, 9(1), 1-32.
Morelock, J. R. (2021, June 10). Walking the walk of complex systems: Moving beyond “doing change” to build systemic capacity. Presentation at the Transforming Institutions 2021 Virtual Conference. https://ascnhighered.org/ASCN/transforming_institutions/2021/program/presentations/session_v/242432.html
Chan Hilton, A. B., & Morelock, J. R. (2021, November 4). Elevating capacity building across multiple dimensions to strengthen transformation outcomes. Presentation at the AAC&U Transforming STEM in Higher Education 2021 Virtual Conference. https://eeti.uga.edu/dr-john-morelock-presents-on-models-of-capacity-building-with-dr-amy-chan-hilton/
Morelock, J. R., Sochacka, N. W., Lewis, R. S., Walther, J., Culloty, C. M., Hopkins, J. S., Vedanarayanan, S., Ofunne, C. K. (2020). Using a Novel Research Methodology to Study and Respond to Faculty and Student Experiences with COVID-19 in Real Time. Advances in Engineering Education, 8(4), 1–14. Retrieved from https://advances.asee.org/wp-content/uploads/Covid 19 Issue/Text/AEE-COVID-19-Morelock.pdf
Sochacka, N. W., Walther, J., Morelock, J. R., Hunsu, N. J., & Carnell, P. H. (2020). Cultivating a culture of scholarly teaching and learning in a college of engineering: An ecological design approach. Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 25(2), 165-176. doi:10.1080/22054952.2020.1864087
Morelock, J. R., & Walther, J., & Sochacka, N. W. (2019, June), Academic Change from Theory to Practice: Examples from an Engineering Faculty Development Institution. Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32022
Morelock, J. R., Lester, M. M., Klopfer, M. D., Jardon, A. M., Mullins, R. D., Nicholas, E. L., & Alfaydi, A. S. (2017). Power, perceptions, and relationships: A model of co-teaching in higher education. College Teaching, 65(4), 182-191. doi: 10.1080/87567555.2017.1336610
Salado, A., Morelock, J. R., & Lakeh, A. B. (2017). Decision-making, information seeking, and compromise: A simulation game activity in global industrial management. Paper presented at the 124th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, OH.
NSF ECR-EHR Core Research: The ProQual Institute for Research Methods in STEM Education (NSF #1937741)
NSF EEC-RAPID: Using SenseMaker® to Investigate Complex Dynamics in Social Systems to Inform Agile, Real-Time Policy-Responses in Times of Crisis (NSF #2028452)
ENED 7010: Preparing to Be an Effective Engineering Educator