Paula Mikles Quinn
Prior to becoming the Associate Director for the Center for Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Paula worked in the field of education evaluation, focusing primarily in the areas of project-based learning; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); pre-literacy and literacy; student life; learning communities; and professional development. She has worked on projects whose funding sources have included the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Davis Educational Foundation. She contributed to a study of WPI alumni and employers of WPI alumni that revealed that project-based learning had substantive and long-term positive impacts on students.
Her work capitalizes on her deep desire to positively impact the field of education, the enjoyment she receives from collaborating with others, and her love of research methods and research design that she developed while earning an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Clark University and a B.A. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University.
She believes project-based learning holds significant potential for increasing the diversity of students who succeed in college and who persist in STEM fields, and she views her work with the Center as contributing to education reform from the inside out.