Dr. Matusovich (PI) is an Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head for Graduate Programs in Virginia Tech’s Department of Engineering Education. She has a doctorate in engineering education and her strengths include qualitative and mixed methods research study design and implementation. Her research expertise includes using motivation and related frameworks to study student engagement in learning, recruitment and retention in engineering programs and careers, faculty teaching practices and intersections of motivation and learning strategies. She is/was PI/Co-PI on 10 funded research projects including the NSF CAREER Award. She has won several Virginia Tech awards including a Dean’s Award for Outstanding New Faculty, an Outstanding Teacher Award and a Faculty Fellow Award. Dr. Matusovich has graduated 7 doctoral students since Spring 2009. She won the Hokie Supervisor Spotlight Award in 2014 and was nominated for a Graduate Advising Award in 2015. She has authored two book chapters, 14 journal manuscripts, and more than 50 conference papers.
In studies of diversity in higher education, little attention has been focused on the graduate level. In a 2007 study, the Council of Graduate Schools showed how underrepresented racial minority doctoral students in engineering completed their degrees at lesser rates than their majority peers. To further affirm the need for such research, in the NSF’s […]