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Department of Career and Technology Education

Grinstead 120
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4452
Dr. Odin Jurkowski, Chair


Dr. Zinna Bland

Associate Professor
Educational Technology

Office: Grinstead 216
Phone: 660-543-8615


Ph.D., Iowa State University of Science and Technology; Ames, Iowa

M. Ed., University of Southern Mississippi; Hattiesburg, Mississippi

B.S., Alcorn State University; Lorman, Mississippi

M.Div., Saint Paul School of Theology (in progress)


Classes Regularly Taught

  • Data Input Technologies
  • Design and Production of Materials for Education
  • Educational Product Development
  • Educational Technology Leadership
  • Essentials of Managing Information
  • Principles of Online Instruction
  • University Supervisor for Student Teachers


Professional Experience

  • Educational Institutions:
    • Alcorn State University
    • Iowa State University
    • Norfolk State University
    • Piney Woods Country Life School (private k-12 institution)
  • Administrative/Executive Management:
    • Mississippi State Board of Health
    • ManPower Temporary Agency
    • Milwaukee Children’s Hospital
    • Alcorn State University


Areas of Expertise and Research

  • Communication Skills Development
  • Voice Input Technology
  • Curriculum Development
  • Training Development
  • Administrative Management


Professional Membership

  • National Business Education Association (NBEA)
  • North Central Business Education Association (NCBEA)
  • National Association for Business Teacher Education (NABTE)
  • Missouri Business Education Association (MBEA)
  • Missouri Association of Career and Technical Education (MoACTE)
  • Delta Pi Epsilon (DPE)          
  • Organizational Systems Research Association (OSRA)
  • Association of International Gospels Assemblies, Inc. (AIGA)



  • Who’s Who in Missouri Business Education
  • Phi Delta Kappa Travel Scholarship
  • Who’s Who Among American Young Women
  • Delta Pi Epsilon Best Paper Award for Research



Over $300,000 received in grants and awards for research, curriculum development, and updating of computer equipment


Consultancy and Reviwer

  • External Reviewer for University of Technology of Jamaica (international)
  • Chair, Accreditation Team for Cyprus Tertiary Education (international)
  • Consultant for Administrative Management for Renaissance West
  • Consultant for Administrative Management for T. B. Watkins, Inc.
  • Records Management Consultant for University Police Department
  • Program Developer:  The International Association of Chiefs of Police; Police Records Management