With a background in arts and performance, David Wiley literally tap danced his way through his doctoral studies. Considering this background and his current passions, he today considers himself “more an evangelist than a teacher.”
Originally from Barboursville, West Virginia, Wiley received his undergraduate degree in vocal performance from Marshall University in 1997. As he studied for his doctoral degree in IP&T at BYU, Wiley peppered his schedule with classes that suited his artsy affinities. “I took tap dance classes at BYU during my PhD studies in order to blow off steam,” he recalls. He received a doctorate degree in 2000 and is now an associate professor of instructional psychology and technology in the McKay School of Education.
Wiley says he has a passion for teaching because it gives him an excuse to share what he is excited about. “I’m completely, madly in love with my subject material and simply can’t find enough opportunity to talk to others about it,” he explains. Wiley hopes to convey his enthusiasm to his students, so they will obtain a “deep, infectious passion for increasing access to educational opportunity to underserved people throughout the world.”
His favorite aspect of teaching at BYU is the opportunity to rely on the Spirit and supplement his lessons with Gospel material. “This is a completely different kind of academic freedom, not available anywhere else,” he observes.
In the future, Wiley hopes learning and educational materials will be more open and available to the masses. “I hope to see the day that completely free and open textbooks and other educational materials comprise at least 50 percent of the ecology of educational materials used at universities and in public schools,” he states.
Wiley is married to the former Elaine Davis, and together they have five children. When asked how he spends his free time, Wiley laughs and says, “Free what? I love date nights with Elaine, reading, music, basketball, and doing pretty much anything with my kids.”
31 October 2008