Sandra Loughlin, Ph.D

Sandra LoughlinDirector of Learning and Innovative Instruction

Sandra Loughlin, Ph.D., ’02, is the Director of Learning and Inno- vative Instruction at the Robert H. Smith School of Business and a Graduate Lecturer in the College of Education at the University of Maryland. She received a Ph.D. in Human Development and Quantitative Methodology with a specialization in Educational Psychology from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. 

As an educational psychologist, Sandra’s focus is designing envi- ronments that facilitate deep, long-term learning for students. To this end, she works with faculty and administrators at the University of Maryland to set peda- gogy-related priorities across programs, identify areas for innovation in traditional and tech- nology-enhanced courses, and design and facilitate structures and processes to support implementation. Sandra is also involved with assurance of learning and accreditation processes at the business school and for the whole campus. In addition to her administrative tasks, Sandra is passionate about working directly with current and future instructors. She supports and coaches faculty and graduate students in instructional design and delivery, and teaches courses in educational psychology, cognitive development, achievement motivation, thinking, arts integration, college teaching, and the changing landscape of higher education. 

Dr. Loughlin has an active research program, which explores how people learn and the nature and quality of effective educational interventions. She presents and publishes empiri- cal research related to comprehension, transfer, thinking, arts integration, student engage- ment, and classroom discourse. Sandra also regularly consults with educational organiza- tions, including K12 schools, universities and professional schools, education technology firms, museums, and education think tanks.