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William D. Ferree

William D. Ferree

NSDM Professor
College of Distance Education | Web Program Manager
(401) 841-4397


William Daniel Ferree received his Ph.D. in Humanities from Salve Regina University and has been on the faculty of the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI, since 1998. Professor Ferree is the Program Manager for Web-Enabled Programs for the College of Distance Education.
Professor Ferree is a retired U.S. Navy Commander with a specialty in Surface Warfare and a proven subspecialty in Manpower, Personnel and Training Analysis. He completed a M.S. in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He has performed extensive research in U.S. Navy manpower modeling issues especially those relating to technology and human factors.
Dr. Ferree is nationally acknowledged for his distance education expertise and has been a featured presenter at the Annual Conference on Distance Learning and Teaching hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His latest research publication in IRRODL (The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning) ( entitled, “Perceptions of Social Loafing in Online Learning Groups: A Study of Public University and U.S. Naval War College students.” (
He also was the 2002 co-recipient of the “The Crystal Award” presented by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology for his Instructional Design of a web-enabled course. His current research for the Navy is in the area of Competency-Based Education.
Professor Ferree is on the WebCampus Board of Directors for Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ ( 
Additionally, Professor Ferree is a member of Conference Planning Committee for the 2010 Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning (
He teaches a face to face elective course at the Naval War College on Workforce Strategies (

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