Curriculum Vitae

Swati Mehta

Doctoral Student                                                                                    profile
Educational Psychology and Educational Technology
College of Education
Michigan State University
620 Farm Ln, Erickson Hall

Contact: 224.730.6205
Email: mehtaswa@msu.edu
Twitter: @swati1201

Short biography – Swati Mehta is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program. She was a 2017 fellow for the Inside Teaching MSU – Innovation Hub Graduate fellowship and was a 2016 fellow for the Fellowship for Enhanced Global Understanding to China. Her interests lie in addressing gender, social, and racial inequities in science and engineering fields. She is presently working on a project that uses a culturally-responsive lens to understand the notions of developers of educational software and programming languages on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusivity. In the past, she has worked on an NSF-funded research project focusing on the use of case studies to introduce design thinking to first-generation and underrepresented students. This project aimed to help students smoothly transition from the classroom and lab-based learning to engineering capstone design course and their careers. In addition to this, she was closely involved with facilitating research projects and online presence of MSU-Wipro Urban STEM & Leadership Teaching Fellowship Program.

Research Interests – She is interested in studying gendered and racial experiences of women and women of color in STEM fields and their reasons for persistence. In her past research work, she has used this lens in the discipline of computer science. In it, she explored women’s sense of belonging in computer science and their reasons for persisting or deterring from the field. This will help her future goal to design and offer equitable learning of computer science that seeks to question the status quo and dismantle the gender biases prevalent in computing.

EDUCATION

2015 – present               Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology

         Michigan State University

2016 – 2018               Graduate Certification in Science Education

Michigan State University

2008 – 2010                  Master of Business Administration in Operations Management and IT

Devi Ahilya University, Indore

2004 – 2008                  Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science

Rajiv Gandhi Technical University, Bhopal

FELLOWSHIPS

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/

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

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

IN PREPARATION

Mehta, S., Yadav, A., Moudgalya, S.., Martini, A. Implementing a new pedagogical approach in engineering: Analysis of students’ confidence in case study analysis using design thinking. Manuscript in Preparation

Mehta S., Yadav, A., Martini, A. What is Engineering Design? Students’ conceptions of engineering design. Manuscript in Preparation.

BOOK CHAPTER

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

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

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 EXPERIENCE

Fall 2018: Teaching Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University

Creativity in Teaching and Learning (CEP818 (Section 734); Graduate Level)

Teaching in-service teachers the value and relevance of creativity in education by developing an experiential knowledge of recognizing, analyzing, and supporting creativity in multiple contexts in addition to learning about psychological, motivational, and organizational aspects of creativity.

Fall 2018: Teaching Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University

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.

Summer 2018: Teaching Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University

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.

Summer 2018: Teaching Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University

Teaching and Learning with Technology (CEP416 (Sections 730 & 731); 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.

Spring 2018: Teaching Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University

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.

Fall 2017: Teaching Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University

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.

Summer 2017: Teaching Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University

Teaching Students Online (CEP 820; Graduate Level)

Faculty Lead: Dr. Anne Heintz

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.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2015 – Spring 2018: Research Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University

Team Lead: Dr. Aman Yadav and co-lead Dr. Ashlie Martini, Associate Professor, University of California, Merced

Project: Case-Based Instruction in Engineering Education (CaBIE)

  • 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 – Spring 2017: Research Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University

Project Directors: Dr. Sonya Gunnings-Moton, Dr. Punya Mishra, and Dr. Leigh Graves Wolf

Project: Michigan State University Urban STEM (MSUrbanSTEM) Leadership program

  • 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.

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.

WORKSHOPS ATTENDED

April 2018                  AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation. Michigan State University
Michigan State University

Spring 2018               Communicating your Professional and Scholarly Self Workshop Series
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, Masters 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.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

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)

SERVICE

2017-2018                      Steward, Graduate Employees Union, Ed. Psych. & Ed. Tech. department

2018                                  Evaluator, University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum

(UURAF), Michigan State University

2016                                  Reviewer, American Educational Research Association (AERA)

2016                                  Volunteered at Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference.

2014                                  Volunteered at Montessori Elementary School

LEADERSHIP INITIATIVES

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.

 

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