Sean Leahy

Director, Technology Initiatives
Academic Prof w/Admin Appt
TEMPE Campus


Dr. Sean M. Leahy is an international technologist, futurist, and educator serving as the Director of Technology Initiatives within the Office of Scholarship and Innovation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. He is the founding director of the IgnitED Labs, an innovative emerging technology laboratory at ASU, and the creator and Executive Producer for the Learning Futures podcast. His scholarly focus is on the futures of educational technology, emerging technologies, and media production. Dr. Leahys work has been represented in international journals, conferences, invited keynotes and lectures, and the U.S. Department of State Speaker Program. Dr. Leahy is an experienced educator creating award winning curriculum in higher education and is an Apple Teacher with Swift Playgrounds recognition.

Dr. Leahys Futures Studies approach to educational technology aims to assist decision makers and educational leaders in strategic foresight and developing a futures thinking mindset for the near future and beyond, as well as preparing a new workforce to handle emergent technologies in teaching and learning including artificial intelligence (AI), extended reality (XR), and Internet of things (IoT).

Prior to joining ASU Dr. Leahy was serving as the Head of Department of Media Communications, and Assistant Professor for Webster University, the Netherlands. As head of department, he was responsible for overseeing the accreditation, curriculum, and management of the undergraduate program in Media Communications, the graduate programs in Media Communications and New Media Production, and the specializations in Interactive Digital Media, Photography, and Video Production.


  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, Michigan State University
  • M.A. Educational Technology, Michigan State University
  • B.A. Telecommunication Information Studies and Media, Michigan State University

Research Interests

Dr. Leahys research is focused on the use of technology in online learning, emerging technologies, design, and media production.


Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
TEL 494 Special Topics
TEL 598 Special Topics
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
EDT 180 TechLtrcy Prblm Slvng DigTech
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
EDT 180 TechLtrcy Prblm Slvng DigTech
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
EDT 180 TechLtrcy Prblm Slvng DigTech

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