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Virgil E. Varvel Jr.
Former CIRSS Research Analyst

Virgil E. Varvel Jr.
Virgil worked for the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship as a Research Analyst from 2007 to 2013.  Before joining CIRSS, Virgil worked for eight years with University Outreach and Public Service at the University of Illinois as a Computer Assisted Instruction Specialist. There he performed Web design, database programming, instructional design, online course teaching, online research, program evaluation, educational consulting, and other tasks. He is still administering a longitudinal survey of online learners within the program. Among the honors he earned during this time are a WebCT Exemplary Online Course award and a Center for Transforming Student Services Best Practice award. He has numerous publications on a wide-range of policy issues and educational research.

Virgil earned an M.Ed. in Science Instruction and a B.S. with Distinction in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well. He also has an M.S. in Biomolecular Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Virgil also earned a Ph.D. in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There his research has been primarily on various aspects of distance education. His current work explores pedagogical assumptions of socially organized versus independent study instructional design in distance education.

CIRSS Publications

Thomer, A., Palmer, C. L., Fouke, B. W., Rodman, A., Choudhury, G. S., Baker, K. S., Asangba, A. E., Wickett, K. M., DiLauro, T., & Varvel, V. E. Jr. (2013, December). Outcomes of the Data Curation for Geobiology at Yellowstone National Park Workshop. Presentation at the 46th annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. Read more

Varvel, V. E. Jr., & Shen, Y. (2013). Data management consulting at the Johns Hopkins University. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 19(2), 224-245. doi:10.1080/13614533.2013.768277 Read more

Fenlon, K., & Varvel, V. E. Jr. (2013, July). Local histories in global digital libraries: identifying demand and evaluating coverage. In Proceedings of the 13th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (pp. 191–194). New York, NY: ACM. Read more

More CIRSS publications


May 17, 2011
Virgil Varvel presents on Social Engineering Effects in an e-Learning Environment at the 2011 Illinois Faculty Summer Institute
Title: Social Engineering Effects in an e-Learning Environment When: Tuesday, May 17, 1:30-2:45Where: Engineering Hall 106 B8Presenter: Virgil E. Varvel Jr.Description: Through a case study of courses taught at the same time by thesame instructor us…