Director -  Otto Benavides

Otto Benavides


  • Law Universidad La Gran Colombia
  • M. Ed. Northeast Louisiana University
  • Ed. S. Northeast Louisiana University


  • Department of Curriculum and Instruction (CI) - Associate Professor
  • Instructional Technology and Resource Center (INTERESC) - Director
  • NASA Educator Resource Center - Fresno - Director

Contact Info:

  • Education - 481
  • 559-278-0379 (Office)
  • 559-278-0240 (C&I), Mail Stop ED60


Professor Benavides is the Director of the Instructional Technology and Resource Center for the School of Education and Human Development and Director of the NASA Educator Resource Center. He is also faculty in the Department of Curriculum Teaching and Educational Technology. Professor Benavides represents the California State University, Fresno Academic Senate at the California State University Academic Senate. Otto is a member of various campus technology related committees. Before joining the faculty at CSU Fresno, Otto was an Assistant Professor at the College of Education at Memphis State University (The University of Memphis) where he was responsible for technology planning and implementation in the Center of Excellence in Teacher Education. He also taught audiovisual and other instructional technology courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Prior to his employment at MSU, Otto Benavides worked at Shelby State Community College (Southwest State Community College) in Memphis, Tennessee. He was Assistant Director for the Instructional Media Center. As Assistant Director and Instructional Designer for Shelby State Community College he assisted faculty in several academic departments and in particular Allied Health fields with course and clinical space design. He also taught TV Production and audiovisual courses in the two year associate degree programs. Because of Otto's interest in international relations, he was asked to serve as International Student Advisor and representative to the Community College International Consortium.

Otto received a Community Service Award in Human Relation Efforts from the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1988. He is Past President of the Memphis Council for International Visitors. Professor Benavides was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 1999 and in April, 2000 he was honored as a Laureate by the Smithsonian Institution Computerworld Award Program. In 2009, Otto was selected as an Adobe Education Leader. Otto Benavides was a member of the Computer Educational Advisory Panel appointed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing in 1997. He was a member of the State CTAP Staff Development Technology Proficiency Committee. Otto is an Advisory Board member of the California Learning Resource Network and President of the Board of Directors of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Division. Professor Benavides serves as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the International Student Media Festival (ISMF). He is a Board Member of the ECT Foundation. Professor Benavides is the President of ICEM - International Council for Educational Media. ICEM is based is Vienna, Austria. Prior to his move to the United States, Otto Benavides was chair of the International Loan Office and the International Scholarship Office at ICETEX ( Instituto Colombiano de Educación Técnica en El Exterior).Currently, he is a consultant to local, national and international organizations.