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Sean Hobson

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Chief Design Officer
Administrative, SCOTTSDALE Campus, Mailcode 9508
Affililate Faculty Member; Chief Design Officer
Administrative, SCOTTSDALE Campus, Mailcode 9508

Sean Hobson is Assistant Vice President and Chief Design Officer for EdPlus at Arizona State University, where he leads strategic design initiatives to solve complex challenges in higher education. Sean’s strong background in communications and instructional design fosters his ability to work well with technology and complex systems to achieve favorable outcomes.

As ASU’s first Chief Design Officer, Sean believes design is at the core of driving meaningful innovation. He has directed some of ASU’s most impactful course redesign efforts, garnering recognition in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Scientific American.

Sean is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Transformation at Dublin City University. He regularly advises universities and educational technology companies on advancing meaningful change through purposeful design and research-based best practices.

  • Ph.D. Dublin City University (Expected 2024)
  • M.S. Clarion University, Pennsylvania
  • B.S.  Clarion University, Pennsylvania
Research Interests: 
  • Emerging educational technologies
  • Faculty perceptions regarding online teachning and learning
  • Best Practices in online teaching and learning
  • Communicating with Technology
  • Design thinking
  • University culture and change