Monica Walch Tracey (ab0225)

University Information

Title: Professor
Unit: Administration & Organization Stud
Department: College of Education

Contact Information

College of Education
Detroit, 48202

College of Education

Phone: 313-577-1700
Degrees and Certifications:
  • PhD. (2001) Instructional Technology,  Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
  • Education Specialist Certificate. (1997) Instructional Technology Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
  • MA. (1986) Masters in Education, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
  • BS. (1981) Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Psychology, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Dr. Tracey is a Professor of Learning Design and Technology in the Administrative and Organizational Division in the College of Education. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, advises graduate and doctoral students and serves as the major advisor and committee member on doctoral committees. Her teaching and research focuses on theory and design research of interdisciplinary design including cultivating designer professional identity, design thinking and empathic design.

Fax: 313-577-1693
Title: Professor of Learning Design and Technology
Office Hours:

Office Hours: By appointment.
Email to schedule an appointment.


Dr. Tracey is a passionate human centered design leader, skilled in empathic design, engaged in research and education, to design innovative interventions. She has in-depth experience in qualitative research, interdisciplinary design team management, creating innovative design solutions, and is a published thought leader. She is successful in building trusted relationships with executives, teams, vendors, and clients.

She has worked for over 35 years in design and on numerous design projects. Her work includes designing internationally and across disciplines. She has served as a consultant in design and performance improvement for numerous fortune 500 companies designing and implementing programs in leadership development, sexual harassment and assault, strategic planning and team development and execution.

Dr. Tracey has secured over $2,059,204.00 in funding from the National Institutes of Health, Michigan Department of Community Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Gulf State Reality. She has been funded to conduct interdisciplinary research with the School of Medicine and cross-cultural research in Dubai, U.A.E. She has held key leadership positions in International Associations including serving as a board member for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, and the on its foundation board. Tracey currently serves as a Board Trustee for Boise State University's Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning Board. She has served on editorial boards for Educational Technology Research and Development and was a guest editor for a special edition on ethics. Sharing her expertise in design, she serves on the board for the International Journal of Designs for Learning.

Dr. Tracey has over 60 publications in the research and practice of instructional design including a Brown book award winning co-authored book, the Instructional Design Knowledge Base, numerous book chapters and refereed journal articles on design. She has chaired over 35 doctoral dissertations and served on an additional 30 committees. She mentors numerous future designers and scholars in the field and has published research with over 20 doctoral and masters’ students. Dr. Tracey earned her PhD in Instructional Technology at Wayne State University and is recognized as a leader in the field of instructional design and developing instructional designer practitioners.

Office Location:

367 Education Building

Courses taught:
  • Advanced Research Seminar and Practicum
  • Advanced Instructional Design Theory and Research
  • Background, Issues and Trends in Learning Design and Technology
  • Introductory Seminar in Learning Design and Technology
  • Advanced Learning Design
  • Organizational Development
  • Design Thinking and Knowledge
  • Introduction to Learning Design and Technology
Area of Expertise:

Instructional (Learning Design)

  • Authentic Design
  • Design Principles
  • Designer Professional Identity Development
  • Design Thinking
  • Empathic Design
  • Experience Design
  • Holistic Design
  • Interdisciplinary Design
  • Universal Design 
Research Interests:
  • Dr. Tracey's current research interests focus on designer professional identity development in an effort to prepare designers for practice, and in design activities including design thinking, empathic design and experience design to move the design forward and improve learner experience. Specific research studies focus on: 

    • Design Research
    • Designer Professional Identity Development
    • Empathic Design
    • Learner Experience in Design
Community Engagement Activities:

Dr. Tracey is engaged in the local, national and international community. She serves as a mentor to current students at the undergraduate and graduate level helping them develop their designer professional identity and establish themselves in professional design positions. Tracey serves as a mentor to new faculty members guiding them as they move toward tenure and full promotion. She currently sits on two non-profit boards and works with Detroit community non-profits with her advanced design courses, providing students authentic design experiences and non-profits an opportunity to provide innovative design experiences for their volunteers and employees. 

Tracey is a Board Trustee member on the Boise State University Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning Board and on the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Foundation Board. She served  as a member of the United States Army Education Advisory Board and on the Designers for Learning non-profit board.

Dr. Tracey's awards include the Brown Book Award for her book The Instructional Design Knowledge Base: theory, Research and Practice, the Presidential, Annual Achievement and Design and Development Division Service Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology and the Teaching Excellence Award and Faculty Recognition Award from Oakland University. She received the doctoral student of the year and the education specialist student of the year awards while a student at Wayne State University. 
  • The Implementatiohn and Study of a Scabale Professional Development Service-learning Model to Crowd Source the Design of Open Educational Resources for an Underserved Population of Adult Learners with Basic Skills Gaps, AECT, 2018 - 2020
  • Integrated Course Design and Development in the Biology and Physics of Radiation Oncology, National Cancer Institute/National Institute of Health, 2013 - 2018.
  • Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Continuing Medical Education Module for Primary Care Providers, Michigan Department of Community health and BCBS Foundation, 2015 - 2017. 
  • Using Data in Cyberlearning: Girl Scouts of America, 2013 - 2014.
  • The Customization of Cross-Cultural Instruction, Gulf States Reality, 2008 - 2009
  • Instituting a Lean Transformation, Noble International LTD., 2004
  • The Pawley Institute, Creating and Sustaining an Interdisciplinary Institute Focusing on Researching and Teaching Lean Principles, Dennis Pawley, 2002 - 2006


  • Hokanson, B., Clinton, G., & Tracey, M.W. (2015). the design of the learning experiene: Creating the future of educational technology, Educational Communications and Technology Series, Springer.
  • Richey, R., Klein, J., & Tracey, M.W. (2011) The instructional design knowledge base: Theory, research and practice. Lawrence/Erlbaum/Taylor Francis.

Chapters Published

  • Tracey, M.W. & Stefaniak, J. (2020). MPATI: the Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction (1959-1971) In Boling, E., Gray, C., Howard, C., and Baaki, J. (Eds.) Historic Instructional Design Cases: ID Knowledge in Context and Practice, Routledge: Taylor Francis. 
  • Morgan, V. & Tracey, M.W. (2019). Valerie March, In Ertmer, P. Quinn, J., & Glazewski, K. (Eds.) The ID Casebook: Case Studies in Instructional Design, 5th Edition. 
  • Tracey, M.W. & Morrison, G. (2018). Instructional design in business and industry. In Reiser, R., & Dempsey, J.V. (Eds.) trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (4th ed.) Pearson Education.
  • Tracey, M.W., (2017). Response to Irene Visscher-Voerman, Preparing Instructional Designers, and Rejoiner. In Char-Chellman, A., & Rowland, G. (Eds.) Issues in technology, Learning and Instructional Design: classic and Contemporary Debates. Routledge/Taylor Francis.
  • Tracey, M.W. (2016). How I Gave Up ADDIE for Design thinking and So Did My Students. In Boling, E., Schwier,R., Gray, C.M., Smith, K. & Campbell; M.(Eds.)Studio Teaching in Higher Education: Selected Design Cases, Routledge.
  • Tracey, M.W. (2016). Developing Designer Professional Identity, In Donaldson, J.A., (Ed.) Our Journeys: Women's voices in the Field of Educational Technology, Springer.
  • Tracey, M.W. (2015). Design Team Collaboration With A Complex Design Problem. In Hokanson, B., Clinton, g., & Tracey, M.W. (Eds.) The Design of learning experience: Creating the Future of Educational Technology. Springer.
  • Baaki, J., & Tracey, M.W. (2015). Repertoire of Precedents: Designers Kindling Fatwood during Reflection-in-Action. In Hokanson, B., Clinton, G., & Tracey, M.W. (Eds.) The Design of Learning Experience: Creating the future of Educational Technology, Educational Communications and Technology Series, Springer.
  • Tracey, M.W. & Baaki, J. (2014). Design, Designers and Refletion-in-Action. In Hokanson, B., & Gibbons, A. (Eds.) Design in Educational Technology: Design thinking, Design Process and the Design Studio. Springer. 
  • Tracey, M.W., Unger, K.L., & Schwartz, M. (2014). Application of the Ning in a Graduate Level Course and its Effet on Student Use. In Mizell, A. P., & Ona, A.A., (Eds.) Real Life Distance Education: Case Studies in Practie, Information Age. 
  • Tracey, M.W. Unger, K., & Wadell, K. (2013). Using Digital Communication Tools and Processes to Model Effective Instruction, In PLomp, T. & Nieveen, N. (Eds.) Educational Design Research - Ilustrative Cases, Enchede. 
  • Tracey, M.W. & Boling, E. (2013). Preparing Instructional Designers and Educational Technologists: Traditional and Emerging Perspectives. In Spector, M., Merrill, M., Elan, J. & Bishop, M.J. (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Educgtional Communications and Technology (4th ed.) Springer. 
  • Unger, K. L. & Tracey, M.W. (2012). Modeling Online teaching and Learning to Pre-and in-Service Teachers through the Use of Web 2.0 Social Networking Tool Ning. I9n Polly., D. Mims, C., & Persichitte, K (Eds.) Developing Technoloogy-rich Teacher Education Programs: Key Issues, Information Science. 

Selected Refereed Journal Articles

  • Burmeister, J.W., Dominello, M.M., Tracey, M.W., Kacin, S.E., & Joiner, M.C., (2020). Final Report from IBPRO: Impact of Multidisciplinary Collaboration on Research in Radiation Oncology Radiation research, Radiation Research.  
  • Baaki, J. & Tracey, M.W. (2019). Weaving a localized context of use: What it means for instructional design, Journal of Applied Instructional Design. 
  • Ustun, A.B. & Tracey, M.W. (2019). An effective way of designing blended learning: A three-phase design-based research approach, Education and Information Technologies
  • Tracey, M.W. & Hutchinson, A. (2019). Empathic design: Imagining the cognitive and emotional leaner experience, Educational Technology research and Development. 
  • Tracey, M.W. & Hutchinson, A. (2018). Uncertaint, agency, and motivation in graduate design students, Thinking Skills and Creativity
  • Burmeister, J., Tracey, M.W., Kacine, S. Dominello, M. & Joiner, M. (2018). Improving research in radiation oncology through interdisciplinary collaborationb, Radiation Research
  • Tracey, M.W., Joiner, M., Kacin, S. & Burmeister, J. (2018). A collaborative educational intervention integrating biology and physics in radiation oncology: A design research case study, Contemporary Design Education
  • Hutchinson, A. & Tracey, M.W. (2017). Designers' own emotions and the practice of designing: A literature review and preliminary reserch agenda, Journal of Design Research
  • Joiner, M., Tracey, M.W., Kacin, S. & Burmeister, J. (2017). IBPRO: A novel short-duration teaching course in advanced physics and biology underlying cancer radiotherapy, Radiation Research
  • Ifenthaler, D. & Tracey, M.W. (2016). Exploring the relationship of ethics and privacy in learning analytics and design: Implications for the field of educational technology, Educational Technology Research & Development
  • Tracey, M.W. & Hutchinson, A. (2016). Refletion and professional identity development in design education, International Journal of Technology and Design Education. 
  • Baaki, J., Tracey, M.W. & Hutchinson, A. (2016). Give us something to react to and make it rich: Designers reflecting -in-action with external represenations, International Journal of Technology and Design Education.
  • Tracey, M.W. & Hutchinson, A. (2016). Uncertainty, reflection and designer identity development, Design Studies
  • Hutchinson, A. & Tracey, M.W. (2015). Design ideas, reflection and professional identity: How graduate students explore the idea generation process, Instructional Science
  • Stefaniak, J. & Tracey, M.W. (2015). An exploration of student experiences with leaner-centered instructional strategies. Contemporary Educational Technology. 
  • Tracey, M.W. & Kacin S. (2014). Graduate students in a service-learning design case: The development of a parenting program. Journal of Computing in Higher Education. 
  • Tracey, M.W. & Stefaniak, J. (2014). MPAI: the Midwest Program on Airborne Televeision Instruciton (1959 - 1971). International Journal of Designs for Learning. 
  • Tracey, M.W., Hutchinson, A., & Gryzbyk, T. (2014). Instructional designers as reflective practitioners: Developing professional identity through reflection, Educational Technology Research & Development. 
  • Tracey, M.W. & Gryzbyk, T. (2014). A blended learning program for parents: A design-based research case, Journal of Designs for Learning. 
  • Stefaniak, J. & Tracey, M.W. (2014). Engaging multiple teams to design a blended learning course, Tech Trends
  • Unger, K. & Tracey, M.W. (2013). Examining the factors of a technology professiohnal development intervention, Journal of Computing in Higher Education. 
  • Tracey, M.W. & Unger, K.L. (2011). A design-based resaerch case study documenting a constructivist ID process and instructional solution for a cross-cultural workforce, Instructional Science
  • Tracey, M.W. & Unger, K.L. (2010). Increasing motivation through 2.0 tools, Academic Exchange Quarterly. 
  • Tracey, M.W. & Unger, K.L. (2010). Cross cultural instruction: An instructional design case, International Journal of Designs for Learning. 
  • Leigh, H. & Tracey, M.W. 92010). A review and new framework for instructional design practice variation research, Performance Improvement Quarterly.
  • Tracey, M.W. (2009). Using the definition as a compass to teach backgrounds, issues and trends, Tech Trends. 
  • Tracey, M.W. (2009). Design and development research: A model validation case. Educational Technology Research & Development. 
  • VanTil, R. Tracey, M.W., Sengupta, S. & Fleider, G. (2009). Teaching lean with an interdisciplinary problem-solving approach. International Journal of Engineering Education.
  • Tracey, M.W., Chateauvert, C., Lake, K. & Wilson, R. (2008). Real world projects in an advanced instructional design course, Tech Trends. 
  • Tracey, M.W. & Richey, R. (2007). ID model construction and validation: A multiple intelligences case, Educational Technology Research & Development. 
  • Tracey, M.W. & Flinchbaugh,J. (2006). HR's role in the lean organizational journey, World at Work Journal.
  • Giberson, T. Tracey, M.W. & Harris, M.T. (2006). Confirmative evaluation of training outcomes: Using self report measures to track change at the individual and organization level. Performance Improvement Quarterly. 
  • Tracey, M.W. (2005). Developing and implementing a higher education quality initiative, Planning for Higher Education
  • Bishop, M.J., Schuch, D., Spector, J.M. & Tracey, M.W. (2005). Providing novice instructional designer's real-world experiences: The Pacificorp design and development competition, Tech Trends
  • Hastings, N. & Tracey, M.W. (2005). Does media affect learning: Where are we now? Tech Trends.
  • Tracey, M.W., Solomon, D. & Moseley, J. L. (2004). Introducing dialogue: a 90-minute experiential approach. Academic Quarterly Exchange. 
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