Donald Winiecki, Ed.D., Ph.D.
- Ph.D. in Sociology, Central Queensland University
- Ed.D. in Educational and Instructional Technology, Texas Tech University
- M.S. in Technology Education, State University of New York, College at Oswego
- B.S. in Industrial Arts and Technology Education, State University of New York, College at Oswego
Dr. Winiecki began as a drafter, and technical and commercial illustrator, and switched to designing computer-based and conventional training and technical documentation for corporate and military clients in the 1980s. His work is now oriented to the use of social scientific methods in instructional technology and performance improvement, with a focus on critical needs assessments. The goals of these activities are to allow clients to know and understand their internal and external environments in unique ways so they may develop strategies and interventions that address existing needs and avoid future systemic problems.
Don is also the proprietor of Handid Braille Services, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Handid Braille Services provides braille transcriptions and tactile graphics to make any content accessible to tactile readers. Handid also offers consulting to facilitate creation, preparation and production of media for visually-impaired readers.
Don holds Library of Congress Certification in braille transcription. He is also a member of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and is Treasurer for the Idaho State Affiliate of the NFB. He is also a member of the National Braille Association (NBA) and maintainer of the NBA “Ask An Expert” forum for tactile graphics.
Don is also the U.S.A. representative for BANA on the ICEB Committee on Technical Braille. “Technical braille” includes mathematics, engineering, computer science, and scientific information, and any materials that contain a combination of English braille and braille in another language. BANA is the “Braille Authority of North America.” ICEB is the “International Council on English Braille.”
- OPWL 529 Needs Assessment
- CS-HU 130 Foundational Values
Dr. Winiecki’s teaching, scholarly activity, and service activities focus on satisfying performance needs to help organizations meet their mission statements. He is also active in providing services and instructional and non-instructional consulting on matters of inclusion and accessibility, especially for meeting the needs of blind and low-vision learners, consumers, and professionals.
Dr. Winiecki has been named ‘Professor of Ethics & Morality in Professional Practice’ in the College of Engineering. In this new role, he conducts research and works with faculty and students throughout the College of Engineering in projects related to issues of diversity, inclusiveness and social justice as they relate to engineering education and engineering practice.