Author Profile

MJ Bishop | Director of the Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland

Current Position and Past Experience
Since 2013, MJ Bishop has served as the Director of the Center for Academic Innocation at the University System of Maryland. Bishop is the inaugural director for this Center, which researches best practice, disseminates information and offers professional development opportunities for faculty and administrators, all in support of the USM’s 12 public campuses.

Prior to her current role, Bishop served for four years as a Program Director for Teaching, Learning and Technology at Lehigh University, where she was faculty member for 13 years in instructional design and technology. In addition to her teaching, MJ was project director and a Co-PI of the Clipper Project, a 5-year Andrew Mellon funded research project 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 has held roles outside of academe as well; prior to Lehigh, she was a software development project manager and Vice President for Operations on the Multimedia Thinking Skills (MMTS) project (funded by CAETI and National Science Foundation under subcontracts from George Mason University) where she was principally responsible for the daily management of the MMTS project, supervising the multimedia developers, assisting with the instructional design, bringing the lead instructional designer’s ideas from inception through storyboarding to actual code, and supporting programmers’ efforts by coding some modules and modifying programs as necessary.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Bishop earned her BA from Lebanon Valley College in 1984 and her MA from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 1987. In 2000, Bishop earned her EdD in Instructional Design from Lehigh University.

While at Lehigh, Bishop received several awards for her research and teaching including the 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 society.” Bishop won the President’s Annual Achievement Award from the Association of Education Communications and Technology (AECT) in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She also earned the Young Scholar Award from the AECT in 2001. In 2004, Bishop earned the Outstanding Service to the Division Award from the Association of Education Communications and Technology’s Design and Development Division.

Author of numerous national and international articles, Bishop’s research interests include exploring how various instructional media and delivery systems might be designed and used more effectively to improve learning and teaching.
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