I am a doctoral candidate in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. As a critical scholar, I employ culturally responsive lenses to understand the gendered and racialized experiences of students of color and women in STEM disciplines, particularly in computer science education. I have experience working on an NSF(STEM+C) funded project that used culturally situated design tools (csdt.org) to teach mathematical and computing concepts to students at the K12 level. As part of an NSF-ECE funded research project, I worked with first-generation, minoritized mechanical engineering students to stress the use of case studies using principles of design thinking helping students to smoothly transition into their capstone courses.
As a critical scholar, I employ culturally responsive lenses to understand the gendered and racialized experiences of students of color and women in STEM disciplines, particularly in computer science education. In my dissertation, I examine the intentions of undergraduate computer science faculty to utilize culturally responsive computing approach in teaching computer science (CS) courses. My practicum work used a sequential mixed method research design to explore the belongingness, confidence, interest, and persistence of women in computer science degrees at the undergraduate level. At present, I am working on an NSF (STEM+C) project with Dr. Ron Eglash to develop a culturally responsive computer science curriculum using the culturally situated design tools (csdt.org) that have been used by high schoolers to stress the interconnectedness of African and Indigenous culture to computing and mathematical concepts. I also continue to remain active on a project that uses culturally responsive lenses to understand how developers and designers of educational technologies view issues of equity, diversity, and inclusivity in the design and development of educational programming software. In the past, I have also worked on an NSF-ECE funded research project focusing on the use of case studies to introduce design thinking to first-generation and minoritized largely Hispanic engineering students in the central valley to help them smoothly transition into their capstone courses and finally into their careers. In addition to this, I facilitated research and online presence of MSU-Wipro Urban STEM & Leadership Teaching Fellowship Program, a project that worked with Chicago Public School district teachers to help them learn how to manipulate and use technology to foster learning and teaching.
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (ABD) (Expected July 2021)
Michigan State University
Graduate Certification in Science Education (2018)
Michigan State University
Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Operations Management and Information Technology (2010)
Devi Ahilya University, Indore
Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science (2008)
Rajiv Gandhi Technical University, Bhopal
Summer-Fall 2020: Research Assistant – Curriculum developer, School of Information, University of Michigan
Team Leads: Dr. Ron Eglash, Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan; Dr. Michael Lachney, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
Project: VISTA: Virtual Inclusive Studios for working across all school grades (NSF STEM+C grant)
- Working with Dr. Eglash and Dr. Lachney to develop computer science curriculum around the culturally situated design tools found on csdt.org website (a virtual STEM+C multicultural studio suite).
- Background for the project: Dr. Eglash and his CSDT team are the creators of the CSDT web application tools that are being used by students and organizations across the globe, like, the Exploring Computer Science (ECS) program, in schools in Upstate New York, and so on. These web tools allow students to learn about “heritage algorithms” of their interest through African, Indigenous, Mexican, Arabic, and Indian cultural practices and learn their connection to STEM principles. These tools allow children to use math and computing principles to simulate the patterns of cornrow braid styles, Appalachian & Lakota quilting designs, Mexican bead looms, Arabic and Indian henna designs, and many more other cultural design practices.
Spring2019-Spring 2020: Research Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University
Team Lead: Dr. Michael Lachney, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
Project: Programming Identities: Educational Technologists Perceptions and Beliefs about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
- Conducting interviews with software developers and educational technologists to understand their beliefs and perceptions concerning issues of equity, diversity, and inclusivity in CS education, with specific attention to how these issues inform software design and development.
- Working with Dr. Lachney on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) application involving the development of the interview protocol and questions, consent form, and fulfilling all the requirements of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP).
- Working on data analysis, journal articles, and conference proposals and presentations.
2015-2018 & Summer 2019: Research Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University
Team Leads: Dr. Aman Yadav, Professor, Michigan State University and co-lead Dr. Ashlie Martini, Associate Professor, University of California, Merced
- Working on research projects and papers that use case studies to introduce design thinking to first-generation and underrepresented students to help them transition from classroom and lab-based learning to engineering capstone design and ultimately to their careers in engineering fields.
- Developing pre- and post-test surveys for analyzing design thinking conceptions of students.
- Developing case studies that use designing thinking to expand engineering students’ view of problem formulation and solution development.
- Leading data analysis, journals articles, grant proposals, and conference proposals and presentations.
2015-2017: Research Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University
Project Directors: Dr. Sonya Gunnings-Moton, Dr. Punya Mishra, and Dr. Leigh Graves Wolf
- Worked on research papers on teacher’s creation of STEM lesson plans and combining and reinventing TPACK and STEM teaching.
- Worked on designing curriculum activities for teachers around maker education and STEM teaching.
- Worked on data analysis, conference proposals, and conference presentations.
- Managing online presence of MSUrbanSTEM (2015 and 2016 cohorts) and the MSUrbanSTEM main website.
2021: Dissertation Completion Fellowships are funded by the Graduate School at Michigan State University and are intended to expedite the completion of strong dissertations by providing students additional funding and thus time to dedicate to completion of their dissertations.
2017: Inside Teaching MSU – Innovation Hub Graduate Fellowship for graduate students is to expose them to intellectual spaces at MSU where innovation in teaching and learning is occurring – within collaborative projects between academic departments and the MSU-Innovation Hub (“the Hub”). Website: http://insideteaching.grad.msu.edu/
2016: Fellowship to Enhance Global Understanding (FEGU) to China in collaboration with Southwest University in Chongqing, China, the Chongqing Municipal Educational Committee, and the Beijing Normal University to observe the educational system in China, exchange ideas with the local educators, and to gain an international perspective of what the education system is like in China.Website and blog post: http://china2016.educ.msu.edu/index.php/2016/06/15/experiencing-china-its-culture-and-education/
Yadav, A., Alexander, V., & Mehta, S. (2019). Case-based instruction in undergraduate engineering: Does student confidence predict learning? International Journal of Engineering Education, 35(1A), 25-34.
Seals, C., Mehta, S., Berzina-Pitcher, I., & Graves-Wolf, L. (2017). Enhancing teacher efficacy for Urban STEM teachers facing challenges to their teaching. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, & Research, 13, 135-146.
Mehta, R., Mehta, S. & Seals, C. (2017). A Holistic Approach to Science Education: Disciplinary, Affective, and Equitable. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 36(3), 269-286. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved from http://www.learntechlib.org/d/180388
Seals, C., Mehta, S., Graves Wolf, L. & Marcotte, C. (2017). Theory and Implementation of an Innovative Teacher Professional Development Program. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 36(3), 219-235. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 16, 2018 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/180385/.
Mehta, S., Mehta, R., Berzina-Pitcher, I., Seals, C. & Mishra, P. (2016). 49 Stories That Make an Ultimate STEM Lesson Plan. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 35(4), pp. 343-353. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved from http://www.learntechlib.org/d/174349
Henriksen, D., Mehta, R. & Mehta, S. (2019). Design thinking gives STEAM to teaching: A framework that breaks disciplinary boundaries. In M. Khine & S. Areepattamannil (Eds.). STEAM Education: Theory, Research, and Practice (pp. 57-78). Switzerland: Springer
Lachney, M., Mehta, S., Dunbar, K., & Opps, Z. (2021). Educational Technologists Talk about the Politics of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity in Design and Development. Paper accepted at the American Educational Research Association in the SIG on Design and Technology.
Mehta, S. (2020). A Technofeminist Lens for Exploring Undergraduate Women’s Belonging and Persistence in Computing. Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education as a Panel on Computational Thinking/Computer Science Education in Higher Education — Pedagogical Strategies, Supports, and Initiatives.
Yadav, A., & Mehta, S. (2019). Learning from Case-Based Instruction in Engineering: Does Confidence Predict Learning? Paper presented at American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.
Mehta, S. & Yadav, A. (2019). Gendered Representation in Computer Science: Exploring Women’s Belonging, Interest, Confidence, and Persistence. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.
Mehta, S. & Yadav, A. (2018). Gender Inequity in Computer Science: Undergraduate women’s belonging, interest, confidence, and persistence in CS. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Research on Women and Education (RWE) Conference. San Antonio, TX, USA.
Mehta, S., Good, J., Sands, P., Yadav, A., Gretter, S. & Levenhagen-Seeley, J. (2018). Impact of After-School Learning Programs on High School Girls’ Confidence and Interest in Computing. In E. Langran & J. Borup (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 372-378). Washington, D.C., United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 16, 2018 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/182551/.
Mehta, S., Yadav, A., & Martini, A. (2017, March). Students’ conceptions of engineering design: An exploratory study in an engineering capstone course. Poster presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX.
Mishra, P., Graves-Wolf, L., Gunnings-Moton, S., Seals, C., Mehta, R., Berzina, I., Mehta, S., Horton, A., Shack, K., Marcotte, C., Cosby, M. & Pawlicki, D. (2016). Reinventing TPACK, STEM Teaching and Leadership in an Urban Context. In G. Chamblee & L. Langub (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1265-1269). Savannah, GA, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 16, 2018 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/171853/.
Mehta, S., Mehta, R., Berzina-Pitcher, I., Seals, C., & Mishra, P. (2016). 49 Stories that Make an Ultimate STEM Lesson Plan. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2016 (pp. 2398-2406). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
Yadav, A., Alexander, V., & Mehta, S. (2016). Case-Based Instruction in STEM: Analysis of student confidence. Proceeding of International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (pp. 24-26), Mumbai, India: IEEE. DOI: 10.1109/LaTiCE.2016.46.
Teaching Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University (Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Summer 2018)
Teaching and Learning with Technology (CEP416; Undergraduate Level)
Teaching in-service and pre-service teachers the application of multimedia technology and social media in teaching and learning. The course focused on helping teachers develop plans for integrating technology in the classroom, design their own digital online portfolio as a tool for professional development, and teach school subject matter with technology.
Lead Instructor, College of Education, Michigan State University (Fall 2019, Fall 2018)
Creativity in Teaching and Learning (CEP818; Graduate Level)
Teaching in-service teachers, the value and relevance of creativity in education by developing an experiential knowledge of recognizing, critically analyzing, and supporting creativity in multiple contexts in addition to learning about psychological, motivational, and organizational aspects of creativity.
Teaching Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University (Spring 2019)
Reflection on Learning (TE150 Online; Undergraduate level)
Teaching as a lead-instructor, I supported pre-service teachers learn key concepts from educational psychology and related disciplines such as cognitive and developmental psychology. The course uses two projects to help students gain a deeper understanding of how learning and development influence teaching activities in the classroom and in our day-to-day life.
Teaching Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University (Fall 2018)
Psychology of Learning in School and Other Settings (CEP800; Graduate Level)
Teaching as a lead instructor in-service teachers conceptions of learning as an active, socially mediated construction of knowledge in school, home, work, and other settings by developing know-how of what and how learning occurs in these settings and what do learners bring to these settings.
Teaching Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University (Summer 2018)
Approaches to Educational Research (CEP822; Graduate Level)
Teaching as a lead instructor preparing in-service and pre-service teachers to be better consumers of existing educational research by developing a working knowledge of basic research strategies, methodologies, and practices and to be better producers of knowledge about teaching through their own systematic inquiry of educational practices.
Lead Instructor, College of Education, Michigan State University (Spring 2018)
Reflection on Learning (TE150 Global Educators Cohort Program; Undergraduate level)
Teaching as a lead sectional instructor helping pre-service teachers interested gain a deeper understanding of diverse cultures through visits to schools and interaction with students from different cultural backgrounds. The course covers key concepts from educational psychology and related disciplines such as cognitive and developmental psychology.
Lead Instructor, College of Education, Michigan State University (Fall 2017)
Reflection on Learning (TE 150; Undergraduate Level)
Teaching as a lead-instructor, I supported pre-service teachers learn key concepts from educational psychology and related disciplines such as cognitive and developmental psychology. The course uses a global learning project to help students gain an understanding of the cultural impacts on human learning and development that influence teaching activities.
Teaching Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University (Summer 2017)
Teaching Students Online (CEP 820; Graduate Level)
Assisting in-service teachers learn new strategies for constructing and implementing online curricula aimed at students across the lifespan. The course covers exposure to course management systems, essentials of virtual classrooms, assessing student learning, and essentials of universal design for learning.
FACILITATOR: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
Mehta, S. (2017, August). Planning to Transition to Teaching in the U.S. – An Introduction to U.S. and Michigan State University Student Culture & Teaching Policies. Teacher professional development workshop under Dr. Melissa McDaniels, Assistant Dean, The Graduate School & in collaboration with 20 peer facilitators.
Mehta, S. (2017, May). Youth Educators Society (YES) Conference. Young Educators Society Michigan Chapter. Youth College Readiness workshop under Dr. Sonya Gunnings-Moton, Associate Dean, Support Services & Engagement, College of Education, Michigan State University and in collaboration with 10 peer facilitators.
AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation. Michigan State University (Spring 2018)
Michigan State University
Communicating your Professional and Scholarly Self Workshop Series (Spring 2018)
Michigan State University
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2012-2015: Higher Education Counselor
Employer: The Globalizers
- Worked on organizing motivational and assessment sessions to students aspiring to pursue education internationally.
- Providing counseling sessions in Information Technology, Information Systems, and Management Information Systems for students and parents.
2012 – 2013: Assistant Professor, Master of Business Administration
Employer: Malwa Institute of Technology, Indore (affiliated to Devi Ahilya University)
- Teaching Information Technology, SQL, Operations Research, and Operations Management to Master’s students
- Managed admissions counseling, admission guidance, higher education consulting, and basic motivational assistance.
- Developed State Level examination papers for Master of Business Administration students.
2010 – 2012: Financial Sales Associate, Sales
Employer: HDFC Bank
- Undertook team leadership, training employees, providing investment reviews for clients, and providing customer support.
- American Educational Research Association (AERA)
- Journal of Educational Computing Research (A SAGE Journal)
- Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)
- Association for Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
- Steward, Graduate Employees Union, Ed. Psych. & Ed. Tech. department (2018-19).
- Evaluator, University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF), Michigan State University (2018).
- Volunteer at Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Conference (2018).
- Reviewer, American Educational Research Association (AERA) (2016).
- Volunteered at Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Conference (2016).
- Volunteered at Montessori Elementary School (2014).
Social Initiative for Women’s issue: Collaborated with two colleagues at College of Education at Michigan State University to extend initiatives begun by the Women’s March in January 2017. Conducted an action-oriented group looking to welcome diverse members to discuss and act on social causes across MSU and the Lansing area.