Dr. Mahnaz Moallem is a Professor of Instructional Technology and Research and Chair of the Department of Educational Technology and Literacy, College of Education, Towson University. Previously, she was a Professor of Instructional Technology and Research and Grant Coordinator at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Watson College of Education.
She received her Ph.D. in Learning Systems Design and her Program Evaluation Certificate from Florida State University, U.S.A. She has a broad background in learning sciences, with specific training and expertise in technology integration, learning systems theories, and educational research. She has experience as a classroom teacher, teacher educator, curriculum designer, and program evaluator.
As a learning science expert, Mahnaz is internationally recognized for her work in the application of Problem-based/Project-based Learning (PBL) and assessment of complex learning outcomes such as problem-solving and critical thinking, particularly for STEM fields. She designed, developed, and successfully implemented and evaluated several programs in which PBL was used as a pedagogical framework for teaching and learning STEM. Additionally, in her awarded funding, she coordinated several innovative projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Department of Education, and Department of State on the integration of PBL with computer modeling and simulation. In her recent Department of State grant, she and her colleagues collaborated with the University of Education in Lahore, Pakistan, to reform the STEM teachers’ and teacher educators’ practice in Punjab’s region.
Dr. Moallem works with many international colleagues and serves on the editorial board of numerous prestigious national and international journals. She has been the recipient of several teaching and research awards and has served as a rotating scientist (IPA) for two years at the National Science Foundation. She is an expert in the field of learning design and technology and in applying instructional design/e-learning design principles, in public education, higher education, and government settings.