Dr. Stephen Balfour is the director of the Office of Online Learning (UGA Online) and Senior Academic Professional at the University of Georgia. He earned his doctorate in cognitive psychology from Texas A&M University in 1998. Dr. Balfour has been the principal investigator (PI) on two Department of Defense (DoD) technology-enhanced language learning contracts involving AI and co-PI on three DoD contracts for open-source media analysis totaling over $900,000.
As the director of UGA Online, he provides strategic guidance for online learning at the University of Georgia as well as oversees and consults on instructional design, marketing, regulatory compliance, and media production. He has collaborated with colleges, schools, departments, and programs to help with various aspects of UGA’s Master of Social Work Online, Masters of Comparative Biomedical Science Online, Online Master of Business Administration, and Online Master of Public Health, amongst other online graduate degrees and certificates. He represents UGA on the Regents Advisory Committee on Distance Education which he chairs, and represents UGA on the Regents Advisory Committee for Adult Learning.