The emotional labor and long hours from the pandemic’s upheaval of higher education have left many instructional designers overworked and burned out. With more work ahead, these members of the campus community need support, empathy, and resources.
I'm the Assistant Director, Learning Design, in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Teaching and Learning Lab. Previously I worked as an Instructional Designer at Cornell University in the Center for Teaching Innovation, and as a faculty member at State University of New York, Empire State College, Center for International Programs: Panama, Dominican Republic, Prague and Lebanon. I holdsa degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.), and Business Management (MBA) from Union College, and Curriculum and Instruction (Ph.D.) from University at Albany.
My research focuses on developing course and systems level structures that support inclusive, transformational learning experiences for all students, especially first generation and underrepresented student populations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. I am passionate about increasing global access to STEM education for all women. I believe by increasing access to education for women we can enable more communities across the globe to thrive and flourish.
The resurgence of learning engineering as a concept and professional role in higher education has exacerbated tensions within the field of instructional design related to job titles, responsibilities, and position within academic institutions.