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Sheila Vaidya

Sheila R. Vaidya, Ph.D.

Professor
Korman Center
Room 222
vaidyasr@drexel.edu
215-895-6690

Program Affiliation:

M.S. Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
B.S. Teacher Education
Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Learning Technologies


Education:

Ph.D., Temple University
Ed.S., Bryn Mawr College
M.A., University of Mumbai, India
B.A., St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India

Areas of Expertise:

  • Research Design
  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Content-based Pedagogy

Research Interests:

  • Academic Optimism
  • High Need Schools
  • Developing Content-based Pedagogy

    Professional Experience:

    • Drexel University, School of Education (2012-present)
      Professor of Educational Psychology
    • Drexel University, School of Education (2009-present)
      Associate Professor, PI & Director of the NOYCE STEM Education Program
    • Drexel University, School of Education (2008-2009)
      Interim Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor
    • Drexel University, School of Education (2005-2008)
      Associate Director for Research and Outreach, Director of Doctoral Programs, and Associate Professor
    • Drexel University, School of Education (1993-2005)
      Associate Professor & Director, Ph.D. program
    • Drexel University (1991-1992)
      Assistant Professor
    • Drexel University (1988-1991)
      Visiting Assistant Professor
    • Drexel University (1979-1987)
      Human Behavior & Development

    Publications:

    • Paul,C. & Vaidya, S. An Urban Middle School Case Study of Mathematics Achievement. Accepted for Publication in the International in the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education.
    • Vaidya, S.(2010) Homi Jehangir Bhabha: remembering a scientist and celebrating his contributions to science, technology, and education in India. Invited Paper. Cultural Studies of Science Education, Vol. 15,#2, 507-519.
    • Vaidya,S & Urias, D. (2008) Foundations of College Teaching- A Course for Doctoral Students: Reflections on a Case Study in College Teaching. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vol. 2, #1, January 2008/
    • Vaidya, S. (2004) Understanding Dyscalculia for Teachers. Education Fall 2004, Vol.124, #4, 717-720.
    • Vaidya, S. (2000) Teacher Education Reform Effort for Inclusion Classrooms. Knowledge versus Pedagogy. Education,Fall 2000, Vol.121, #1, 145 ñ 152.

    Articles:

    • Vaidya, S. (2010) Homi Jehangir Bhabha: remembering a scientist and celebrating his contributions to science, technology, and education in India. Cultural Studies of Science Education, Vol.15,#2, 507-519.

    Presentations:

    • Breaking the Cycle of Underachievement: Developing Academic Optimism. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) New Orleans, April 8-12, 2011.
    • Noyce PI Conference, National Science Foundation. Changing the Cycle of Underperformance: Developing Academic Optimism. Paper presented at the Annual Noyce PI Conference. July 7-9, 2010.
    • Program Evaluation: Phases I and II. Noyce Program. Poster Presentation. Noyce PI Conference. Washington D.C. July 7-9. 2009.
    • Teacher as Researcher: Critical Pedagogy as the center of Classroom research. Presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) meeting in Denver, Colorado, April 30th-May 4th, 2010.

    Other:

    • Drexel University Noyce Program (DUNS) $411,769.Robert Noyce Program for the development of mathematics and scienceteachers. National Science Foundation. Phase I Program Funded. 2004-2008. Principal Investigator and Project Director.
    • Drexel University Noyce Scholarship Program (DUNS) $600,000.Robert Noyce Program for the development of mathematics and science teachers. National Science Foundation. Phase II Program Funded. 2009-2013. Principal Investigator and Project Director.