Dr. Kemi Jona is the founding director of the Lowell Institute School and associate dean for undergraduate education at the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. The mission of the Lowell Institute School is to broaden participation in STEM fields for non-traditional and underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds through innovative, technology- rich approaches to experiential learning in partnership with industry.
Dr. Kemi Jona has worked at the forefront of the learning sciences and learning technologies fields for over 20 years. He is a thought leader in applying insights from cognitive and learning sciences to the design of technology-supported learning environments, particularly in the areas of STEM education. He has worked with leading universities—including Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Columbia, and Northwestern—on the development of innovative online programs.
In his prior position as Professor of Learning Sciences and Computer Science at Northwestern University, he led a broad portolio of research and development projects in STEM curriculum and learning technologies, tools for online science and remote labs, computational thinking, and new game-based approaches to engaging youth in STEM and STEAM (STEM+arts/design). He was the founding Director of Northwestern’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships (now Office of Community Education Partnerships) an organization that connects the university to the K-12 community to advance STEM education. He is also a member of the steering committee of the National Alliance for Broader Impacts, a nationwide organization that advances the field of STEM outreach and public engagement with science.
In addition to his work at Northwestern University, Dr. Jona acts as advisor and consultant to industry, non-profits, school districts, and federal, state, and local agencies on strategic process and learning-related issues, curriculum redesign, teacher professional development, and STEM education and outreach. He was invited to testify to the House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology in January 2014 and has also served on the board directors of the International Association of K-12 Online Learning from 2009-2013.
Dr. Jona is a frequent invited speaker at industry and education conferences, having given over 50 invited talks. He is the author or co-author of over 100 articles, book chapters, conference presentations, whitepapers, and reports on the topics of learning technologies, STEM education, online and blended learning. He holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from Northwestern University and a BS with Honors in Computer Science and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.