Anne T. Rudnicki, EdD, joined UTMB in January 2012 as a Senior Medical Educator in the Office of Educational Development in the School of Medicine. In September 2012, she was given a faculty appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UTMB.
Dr. Rudnicki received her Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, in the Instructional Technology program, from the University of Houston in 2009. In 2004, she was awarded a Houston Endowment fellowship to pursue doctoral studies and to collaboratively develop an instructional technology learning lab, the Laboratory for Innovative Technology Education (LITE), to provide instructional technology workshops for P-20 faculty. During this time, she became interested in the educational uses of digital storytelling, an active, educational method where people use both their visual and verbal processing systems to reflect on, frame, and communicate their experiences. In 2007, using facets of digital storytelling and narrative inquiry methodology, Dr. Rudnicki had the opportunity to collaborate with a team of researchers to conduct empirical research of four high-needs schools who had implemented arts-based curricula. One of the many rich outcomes of this research was the development of a new research methodology: Digital Narrative Inquiry. Concurrently with her doctoral work, she served part-time as a Museum Educator at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, teaching social studies and media literacy through film, television, and online media. She began her journey into medical education serving as an Instructional Developer at UT Medical School in Houston. She is inspired by the opportunity to be a part of the innovation and creativity in medical education at UTMB.
Dr. Rudnicki’s teaching and learning interests are in the applications of digital storytelling in medical education; developing medical cases as stories; the educationally effective and appropriate uses of technology; instructional design; cultivating arts-based teaching and learning for students and faculty in the health professions; and digital narrative inquiry research methodology. Dr. Rudnicki pursues scholarship and research which advances practice and theory in all of her educational interests.