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Marco Molinaro, Ph.D.

Executive Director for Educational Effectiveness & Analysis

University of Maryland

Marco Molinaro, Ph.D., is Executive Director for Educational Effectiveness & Analysis at the University of Maryland.

Previously he held the position of Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness at UC Davis where he created and oversaw the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE). The CEE team focuses on empowering instructors and staff, improving the educational system and fostering educational innovation and discovery in service of removing disparities in undergraduate student outcomes while maximizing learning.

Dr. Molinaro has over 25 years of educational experience creating and leading applications of academic analytics, technology for instruction, scientific visualization and simulation, curriculum development and evaluation. His most recent work focuses on student equity and inclusion through: 1) being Co-PI of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence project MIDAS to ensure that all STEM students have the opportunity to pursue and excel in STEM fields through the efforts of dedicated and informed instructors utilizing evidence-based instructional practices; 2) acting as the UCD campus PI for the SEISMIC collaborative and co-leading the 10 institution based Structures working group focused on establishing structures and cataloging narratives that best support lasting change in the instruction of foundational STEM courses; and 3) serving as chair of the Analytics Sub-Committee and Advisory Board member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) STEM Equity Achievement (SEA) Change initiative aimed at ensuring that the full range of talent can be recruited and retained in STEM.

Molinaro has served on National Academy of Science, APLU and numerous NSF grant-related committees and received funding from the NSF, NIH and various private foundations such as Gates, Intel, the Helmsley Trust and HHMI.