At University of Maryland University College, our education and teaching faculty members have backgrounds in both classroom learning and emerging online technologies.

Featured Education and Teaching Faculty

Warna Gillies Faculty Education Teaching

Warna D. Gillies

Program Chair of the Master of Arts in Teaching

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Randy Hansen Faculty Education Teaching

Randall (Randy) Hansen

Program Chair of Learning Design and Technology

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Datta Khalsa Faculty Education Teaching

Datta Kaur Khalsa

Associate Vice Dean and Assessment Director for Education Programs

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Virginia Pilato Faculty Education Teaching

Virginia H. Pilato

Vice Dean of Education Programs

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Linda J. Smith

Linda J. Smith

Professor and Chair of Distance Education and E-Learning

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Program Vision and Mission

The vision of the The Graduate School's Professional Education Unit is to establish a global learning community of educators, committed to the concept of teaching and leading beyond boundaries. The Unit seeks to prepare its candidates, both initial and advanced, to become teachers and leaders who surpass boundaries of time and place, perceived student limitations and the status quo, in order to engage all students in high-quality educational experiences. Through innovative online instruction and dynamic field-based experiences, the unit envisions its candidates not only experiencing education that reaches beyond these boundaries but being prepared to implement transformational instruction in their own classrooms to meet the needs of their students.

The unit's mission, emerging from its vision of teaching and leading beyond boundaries, is to prepare educators who

  • Can say with conviction:
    • I know my students
    • I know all my students can learn at high levels
    • I know my work can promote high levels of learning for all students
  • Reach beyond boundaries to promote student success
  • Engage all students in highly effective educational experiences
  • Prepare students for a changing world

To implement its vision of teaching and leading beyond boundaries, and to meet its mission, the Professional Education Unit emphasizes the following outcomes in its graduates.

  • Teaching for learning: The candidate acts upon academic content, professional and pedagogical knowledge, and understanding of students to maximize student achievement.
  • Analysis, reflection, and continuous improvement: The candidate engages in an ongoing process of reflection, re-planning, testing, and refining for continuous improvement.
  • Technology integration: The candidate demonstrates selection and integration of technology to maximize student learning.
  • Creativity, innovativeness, and adaptability: The candidate integrates creativity, innovativeness, and adaptability into the curriculum, promoting opportunities for discovery, deep learning, and originality.
  • Local, national, and global community: The candidate integrates into instruction the interdependency of political, economic, cultural and ecological concepts of global citizenship.
  • Leadership: The candidate initiates change and mobilizes the learning community toward the goal of curriculum and organizational improvement, influencing the practice, character, and culture for learning.

Faculty with Connections

Many of our education and teaching faculty are well-connected leaders in the field. They work or have worked in the public and private sector at a wide range of organizations, including:

  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Blackboard
  • Bowie State University
  • Desire2Learn
  • George Mason University
  • Maryland State Department of Education
  • Open University UK
  • Oxford University
  • SAP
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Oldenburg
  • University of South Africa
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Windsor (Canada)