Thilla Sivakumaran has served as the Executive Director of Global Engagement and Outreach at Arkansas State University since 2014. In that role, he is responsible for A-State’s online degree programs, international programs, campuses and study abroad programs, as well as strategic partnerships and collaborations with corporations. During his tenure, the online degree program has doubled and is now 41% of the entire A-State population. He has established degree transfer programs with universities in China, India, Sri Lanka, and South Korea, as well as partnerships with universities in Japan. Sivakumaran earned his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Tennessee.


2001-2005 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN Ph.D. in Instructional Technology.

2000-2001 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN Master of Science in Secondary Science Education.

1993-1997 University of Washington, Seattle, WA Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Teaching specialties

Online Education International student learning and engagement.

Research interests

Instructional Technology


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