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Dr. Angelina Dayton


25 years of experience in emerging technology, collaborative processes in learning, and research related to the ways in which people access, visualize and share dynamic, relationship-based information

Strong background in the anthropology of extended cognition and spatial learning; motivated by innovative environments; effective and efficient process management in complex settings





Ed.D. Educational Administration and Leadership, University of the Pacific, 2009

M.A. Education, Stanford University, 1997

B.A. Cultural Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley, 1995

B.A. American Indian Studies, Northeastern State University, 2015



Senior Virtual Reality Research Scientist

Virtual World Society, 2020-Present

Preparation, submission, review, and evaluation of government and sponsored research; usability testing sessions and interviews; analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; collaborating with external partners to manage UX research projects; maintaining records and submitting reports related to grant opportunities; analyzing, interpreting, and summarizing existing research reports; and attending conferences and trainings both in person and via webinar to disseminate research findings

Emerging Technology Consultant, Researcher and User Experience Designer

Dayton Consulting/The VR Lady, 2011-Present

25 years of experience in educational technology, collaborative processes in learning, and research related to the ways in which Native people access, visualize and share dynamic, relationship-based information; Strong background in anthropology and education; motivated by innovative learning environments; effective and efficient process management in complex educational settings; passionate about magnifying the strengths of communities by building strategic partnerships


Virtual Reality User Experience Consultant and Educational Researcher

American Indian Resource Center, 2018-2020

Large scale deployment of virtual reality within predominantly Native rural schools; digital curation of content based on state academic standards; creation of policies that govern technology and information use in industry and schools; facilitation of faculty professional development, curriculum development and emerging technology training; user experience consultation in industry, local nonprofits and cultural preservation organizations and university-affiliated research projects


Experiential/Immersive Learning Specialist

Center for Teaching and Learning, Northeastern State University, 2017-2018

Researched and evaluated emerging instructional methods and technology to create recommendations for implementation; designed and delivered workshops for best practices in teaching and learning using emerging technology; led faculty development and course alignment; designed and developed of instructional materials to support technology-based course redesign


Reorganization Consultant

Ethnic Resource Center, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2010-2011

Facilitation of complex reorganization of ethnic and disability resource centers during departmental restructuring; utilization of high impact practice recommendations and continual program evaluations


Director of Programs

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, 2009-2010

Facilitated leadership program for early and mid-career faculty; liaison in national, state, and local organizations; supervised and managed SACNAS conference and year-round programs; served as subject matter expert for conference programs, publication, and website; managed grant-making, reporting and allocation processes


Director, McNair Scholars Program

University of California, Merced and California State University, Stanislaus, 2008-2009 Collaborated with senior administration and faculty to cultivate opportunities for research; created GRE classes and graduate school preparation and application workshops; organized undergraduate tours of graduate colleges; managed federally funded budget

Information Systems Operator, Yolo County Housing Coalition, 2004-2005

Developed and maintained a web-based integrated case management and reporting system; evaluated the complex system within county homeless management systems; conducted county-wide training and technical assistance; federal grant evaluation management and compliance for Housing and Urban Development

Director of Family Resource Centers, Community Partnership for Families, 2001-2004

Coordinated and trained service providers in integrated case management techniques; budget oversight of federal grants totally over $2 million; developed four management service centers with co-located social services; facilitated communication between multiple social service to simplify complex system

Graduate Researcher

University of the Pacific, Benerd School of Education, 1999-2009

Barriers to education among mothers and supports that encourage educational attainment and the transmission of the importance of learning to children

Graduate Researcher

Stanford University, Graduate School of Education, 1996-1997

The use of social service programs and other methods of information sharing in the nonformal education of the poor


Student Researcher

University of California at Berkeley, Department of Anthropology, 1991-1995

Barriers to academic achievement of students of color in rural and urban areas of California


University of California, Merced 2008-2010

McNair Seminar, Writing 1: Academic Writing Core 1: The World at Home


­University of Phoenix Online, 2006-2008

­Communication 120: Contemporary Business Communication

­Communication 220: Research Writing

­Management 310: Supervision and Leadership

­Management 335: Organizational Behavior

­University of the Pacific, 1998-2000

Freshmen English/Mentor Writing Seminar: Timeless Issues

Education Administration 130/230: Cultural Basis for Conflict and Resolution in the Classroom


Stanford University, ­­Graduate Student Instructor, 1997

Graduate Seminar in Learning


­University of California at Berkeley, ­Student Teacher, 1995-1997

Computer Skills and the World Wide Web for Re-Entry Students



Oaks Mission School District, 2020-2021

Principal, Oaks Mission Elementary School (K-8)

Math Teacher, Oaks Mission Elementary School (7-8)

Hughson Unified School District, 2007-2009

Math Teacher, Hughson High School

Manteca Unified School District, 2005-2007

Math Teacher, Weston Ranch High School




Aspen Institute Tech Policy Fellow

Funded to create federal tech policy for the Aspen Institute


Augmented Virtual Reality Award- Oral Roberts University Virtual Reality Conference

Awarded for the use of virtual reality in Cherokee Nation language preservation


Echoing Green Post- Graduate Public Service Fellow

Funded by this global nonprofit that provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs with ideas for social change


Sierra Health Foundation- Leadership Graduate

Selected by The Foundation and the Institute for Population Health at the University of California in Davis to participate in this program that develops new leaders

Ronald E. McNair- Post-Baccalaureate Scholar

Selected as a scholar after a competitive application process while attending the University of California in Berkeley 



Dayton, Angelina. (2021). Voomers: Virtual Natives and How the World is Changing. Univirtual: Educators in VR Symposium


Dayton, Angelina. (2021). Virtual Learning Panel Discussion. Univirtual: Educators in VR Symposium.


Dayton, Angelina. (2021). An Interview with The VR Lady. Virtual World Society Fireside Chat.


Dayton, Angelina. (2021). Special Guest. How Virtual Reality is Changing Training and Learning. Geeks, Geezers, and Googlization Show.


Dayton, Angelina. (2021). Guest Speaker. Virtual Reality and Language Preservation and

Revitalization. NYS TESOL TeLL SIG. NYU University.


Dayton, Angelina. (2020). Panel Guest. CPDinVR Third Anniversary Panel featuring United Nations Youth Council: Live from Dubai hosted with Steve Bambury. Education Forum Hosted in Virtual Reality.


Dayton, Angelina. (2020). Panel Guest. United Nations Panel on Youth.


Dayton, Angelina. (2020). How Virtual Reality is Changing Education. Educators in VR Symposium.


Dayton, Angelina. (2019). Guest Speaker. CPDinVR interview with The VR Lady: Live from Dubai hosted with Steve Bambury. Education Forum Hosted in Virtual Reality.


Dayton, Angelina. (2019). Lessons learned introducing emerging technology: Virtual Reality in Native communities. AR/VR Association Boston talk.


Dayton, Angelina. (2019). Interview with The VR Lady. VR in Education Podcast with Craig Frehlich.


Dayton, Angelina & Adair, Susan. (2018). Curating content for virtual reality education in schools. Johnson O’Malley Annual Conference. Durant, Oklahoma.


Dayton. Angelina. (2018). A fluid medium: Understanding virtual reality and spatial computing. Virtuhoma: Virtual and Augmented Reality Symposium. Oklahoma State University.


Dayton, Angelina. (2018). How to Incorporate Virtual Reality into the Classroom. Community Collaboration Day Northeastern State University.


Dayton, Angelina. (2017). “Virtual Reality and Indigenous Language Preservation.” Presentation. Revitalizing Endangered Languages Conference. Northeastern State University.


Dayton, Angelina. (2016). “My mother's tongue: How to negotiate patriarchal language revitalization conversations with Rematriation framing.” Presentation. Revitalizing Endangered Languages Conference. Northeastern State University.


Dayton, Angelina. (2014). The rematriation of education. Presentation. Revitalizing Endangered Languages Conference. Northeastern State University.


Dayton, Angelina. (2014). Monograph reviewer. Pitching in and catching on. Special Issue Human Development Journal, Vol. 57, Number 2-3.


Dayton, Angelina. (2010). Assessing scientific inquiry and leadership skills. Report to National Institute of General Medical Sciences.


Dayton, Angelina. (2009). Narrative practice as a form of extended cognition in joint attention. Joint Attention Conference. Bentley University.


Dayton, Angelina. (2008) Perceived factors influencing post-secondary enrollment and economic stability of single and married mothers. Dissertation. University of the Pacific.


Dayton, Angelina. (2004). How to administer a web-based service system. Presentation. The Fifth HUD Technical Assistance Conference on Homeless Management Information Systems. San Francisco.


Dayton, Angelina. (2003). An examination of the relationship between state metrics of success and state social service performance. Paper presented to the Sierra Health Foundation.


Dayton, Angelina. (2000). High performance through cultural inclusion. Presentation to High Performing, High Poverty Schools Conference. California State University. Long Beach.


Dayton, Angelina. (1998). Assessing the keys to academic resiliency. Paper presented to City of San Jose Gang Intervention Program Conference. San Jose.


Dayton, Angelina. (1997). Policy and the maintenance of a critically conscious underclass. Master's Thesis. Stanford University.


Dayton, Angelina. (1995). Challenging academia's use of ethnic terms: A study of 160 Mexican American female students and their social contexts. Berkeley McNair Journal Vol. 3, 128-137.





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