Dr Benson is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology at The University of Alabama. Her research addresses the influence of educational technology on higher education organizations and underserved populations. She has given more than 50 conference presentations and published more than 50 academic articles related to distance and online learning. In addition, Dr. Benson has designed and taught a variety of traditional and distance courses. Her professional experience includes thirteen years as a systems engineer in the telecommunications industry. She holds undergraduate degrees in Mathematics (Spelman College) and Industrial Engineering (Georgia Institute of Technology), master’s degrees in Operations Research (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Human Resource Development (Georgia State University), and a doctorate in Instructional Technology (University of Georgia).