Farhad (Fred) Saba is Director of Information and Educational Technology at Kona University. With 35 years of experience in the field, he has been involved in designing and managing distance education programs in higher education, as well as teaching, research, and theory building in distance education.
He has authored more than 100 articles and chapters in books. His scholarly publications have been honored by several awards. He is the first winner of the Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for the best research article in distance education. Most recently, he has been inducted into the Distance Learning Association Hall of Fame for 2010. He also received the Association of Educational Communications and Technology's Educational Technology Research and Development Journal Award. He has presented in professional conferences in many countries including: Afghanistan, The People's Republic of China, Great Britain, France, Malaysia, Mexico, Sweden, Switzerland (The United Nations), and Turkey. He is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Distance Education and the International Review of Distance and Open Learning; and reviews manuscripts for major publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Prentice-Hall, and Wadsworth.
His previous consulting work has included many corporations and public institutions, among them are Apple Computer, Hewlett Packard, Nortel, SYS Technologies, The U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Governor of the State of Connecticut, Office of the Chancellor of the California State University system, the World Bank, San Diego County Office of Education, Harvard Business School Publishing, Brigham Young University, and the University of Connecticut.
Fred earned a Ph. D. in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation from Syracuse University, and B. A. and M. A. in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University. His most recent appointment prior to joining Kona University, was Professor of Educational Technology at San Diego State University, where he taught courses about distance education for 25 years.