Shabana Figueroa is an alumna of NYIT. She obtained her bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies in 2003 (concentration: computer science, technology and business), and her master’s degree in instructional technology in 2007. In 2014, Figueroa earned her doctorate in instructional technology from Georgia State University. Her dissertation examined how personal characteristics of instructional designers influenced their instructional-design practices (ID). The research found that instructional designers’ gender, age, spirituality and philosophy, as well as education, experiences in the classroom, prior work experiences, and ID work experiences added a secondary perspective and directly informed the designers’ approaches to process. Study results also showed that specific personal characteristics and experience allow instructional designers to alter their current ID practices, thereby transforming a once-homogeneous process to a heterogeneous one.
Currently, Figueroa holds a position as an instructional designer for Georgia Tech Professional Education, an academic division of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her work includes research on adult learning in professional education.