Sandra M. Loughlin
Director, Office of Transformational Learning
Sandra Loughlin directs the Office of Transformational Learning at the Robert H. Smith School of Business and is a lecturer in the College of Education at the University of Maryland.
As an educational psychologist, Loughlin’s focus is designing environments that facilitate deep, long-term learning for students, so they can be successful in the classroom and on the job. Since she joined the Smith School in 2014, Loughlin has worked with faculty and administration to set strategies and priorities for pedagogy and curriculum design, including experiential learning, technology-enhanced courses, student-centered instruction, and assurance of learning. To this end, she coordinates a highly-skilled, dynamic team of course development professionals, pedagogy experts, and program evaluators to further the Smith School’s strategic focus on transformational learning.
In addition to her administrative tasks, Loughlin is passionate about working directly with current and future instructors. She coaches faculty and graduate students in pedagogy and course design, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in learning, teaching, consulting, and the changing landscape of higher education.
Loughlin has an active research program, which explores how people learn and the nature and quality of effective educational interventions. She also regularly consults with educational organizations, including K12 schools, universities and professional schools, education technology firms, museums, and education think tanks.
Loughlin holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.