With over 20 years of experience in teacher education research, practice, and policy, Dawley provides innovative leadership in the design and pedagogy of virtual environments for teaching and learning. She is co-author of the Going Virtual! research series studying professional development for K-12 online teachers. Dawley received a Top 20 Bestselling Books Award for her text, The Tools for Successful Online Teaching. She is a co-inventor of 3D GameLab, a quest-based learning software, and she created EDTECH Island, a virtual world resource supporting international teacher education. Dawley is also co-founder and Chair-elect of the Applied Research in Virtual Environments for Learning Special Interest Group (ARVEL SIG) affiliated with the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She was an invited research fellow at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences summer institute, and recipient of grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the Spencer Foundation. Dawley is a former member of the Board of Directors for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). She received the Distinguished Research Award from the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), and the Presidential Service Award from the Association of Educational Communications & Technology (AECT).