MJ Bishop, Leading Researcher in Instructional Technologies, Named Director of USM Center for Innovation and Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CIELT)
Adelphi, Md. (June 3, 2013) -- The University
System of Maryland (USM) welcomes MJ Bishop, a leading researcher in how
instructional technologies can improve learning, as the inaugural director of
the recently formed USM Center for Innovation and Excellence in Learning and
who holds a Doctor of Education with a specialty in educational technology from
Lehigh University, begins her position today. She comes to the USM from Lehigh,
where she has served as an associate professor and program director of the
university's Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) Program.
November 2012, the USM Board of Regents approved the CIELT to secure and expand
USM's leadership position in course redesign and other innovative teaching
models for the benefit of its students. The Center will be housed in the USM
Office of Academic Affairs and serve as the focal point for the System's
efforts to incorporate technology and new learning methods into academic
courses. The Center will examine student performance resulting from various
teaching methods and serve as a resource for the development of best practices
in higher education.
am very excited to have this opportunity help the USM continue its trajectory
toward becoming a leader in the design of innovative learning environments and
dissemination of best teaching practices," Bishop said. "I share USM's commitment
to improving student learning at a lower cost. We must find ways to make
post-secondary degrees more accessible and improve college completion rates."
USM institutions are already well-positioned to explore these issues in that
they already clearly understand that learning occurs within a community of scholars, led by faculty
who are lifelong learners themselves. That is the ‘value add' of providing a
designed, intentional learning experience that higher education institutions
must be prepared to articulate and make integral to their mission."
At Lehigh, Bishop has taught courses
in tools for teaching and learning, instructional design, interface design, and
web site and resource development. She has worked with colleagues on the
development and delivery of online courses using a variety of technologies. In
2004, the university named Bishop to a Frank Hook Assistant Professorship for
two years (2004-05, 2005-06) for exemplifying the scholar-teacher model and
contributing significantly to the mentoring of students. She received the
Lehigh Junior Award for Distinguished Teaching (2006) for distinguished
teaching and mentoring during the 2005-06 academic year.
"MJ Bishop stood out in a national
search for CIELT executive director because she is a collaborative and engaged
leader, a woman who brings high energy and a strong sense of purpose to her
work," said JoAnn Boughman, USM senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. "She
will be a great asset to the USM in enhancing our efforts to facilitate campus
activities in academic transformation."
Bishop was named by Lehigh
University to a Class of 1961 Professorship for two years for distinction in
research, teaching, and service and, most recently, received Lehigh's 2013
Stabler Award for Excellence in Teaching for leading students to "excellence in
their chosen field" as well as "excellence as human beings and as leaders of
Bishop also was project director
and a co-principal investigator of the Clipper Project, a five-year research
project (funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) aimed at evaluating the
short- and long-term costs and benefits associated with offering web-based
courses to high-school seniors who had been "pre-admitted" to the university.
Bishop holds an M.A. in English from
Millersville University and a B.A. in political science and English from
Lebanon Valley College. Her other numerous honors and awards include the
President's Annual Achievement Award from the Association of Educational
Communications and Technology (AECT) for work on The Handbook of Research for Educational Communities and Technology (October
Contact: Mike Lurie