Department of Engineering Education

Holly Matusovich

Holly Matusovich

Assistant Professor

606 McBryde Hall
(540) 231-4205
(540) 231-6903 Fax


Curriculum Vitae


Office Hours Education Research Experience

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Ph.D Engineering Education Purdue University December 2008
M.S. Materials Science University of Connecticut 1999
Chemical Engineering Cornell University 1994


Title Program Start Date End Date Awarded Amount
CAREER: Does Motivation Matter for Conceptual Change? Exploring the Implications of "Hot Cognition" on Conceptual Learning (PI) NSF-EEC 05/15/2012 05/14/2017 $438,112.00
Collaborative Research: Engineering Pathways Study: The College-Career Transition Informing Educational Practice (PI) NSF-DUE 09/1/2010 08/31/2015 $152,862.00
Collaborative Research: Lifting the Barriers: Understanding and Enhancing Approaches to Teaching Communication and Teamwork Among Engineering Faculty (PI) NSF-EEC 08/15/2010 08/14/2013 $379,181.00
Collaborative Research: Building Theories that Inform Practice: Exploring Engineering Epistemologies Through Cross Disciplinary Data Analysis (PI) NSF-EEC 08/15/2011 08/14/2013 $42,231.00
A Mixed-Methods Study Of The Effects of First-Year Project Pedagogies on the Retention And Career Plans of Women in Engineering (Co-PI) NSF: RES ON GENDER IN SCI & ENGIN 11/01/2009 08/31/2012 $488,000.00





  • ENGE 1114: Exploration Engineering Design


Assistant Professor Department of Engineering Education, Virginia Tech 2009 - Present
Research Assistant Purdue University 2007 - 2008
Graduate Student Assistant Purdue University Jan 2006 - Dec 2006
Research Assistant University of Connecticut 1998 - 1999
Project Launch Manager Alcoa Aerospace Extrusions
West Lafayette, IN
1999 - 2006
Senior Consulting Engineer Sci-Tech, Inc.
Weathersfield, CT
1994 - 1998
Faculty Apprentice Purdue University June 2007 - Dec 2007
Instructor & Private Tutor Kaplan
West Lafayette, IN
Jan 2007 - Oct 2007
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  • Purdue University, Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship 2008


H. Matusovich, R. A. Streveler, and H. G. Loshbaugh, R. Miller, B. Olds, “Will I Succeed in Engineering? Using Expectancy-Value Theory in a Longitudinal Investigation of Students’ Beliefs,” Paper accepted for the 2008 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Pittsburgh, PA.

H. Matusovich, R. A. Streveler, and H. G. Loshbaugh, "The Impact of Professional Goals on Students’ Educational Experiences: A Longitudinal Case Study from Engineering," presented at the 2008 American Educational Research Association Annual Conference and Exposition, New York, NY.

C. Atman, L. Fleming, K. Smith, J. Turns, R. Streveler, D. Kilgore, H. Matusovich, and A. Jocuns, "Interactive Session - Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education researchers: Using Research Results to Advance the Field of Engineering Education and Practice," Interactive Session at 2007 NAE/CASEE Dane and Mary Louise Miller Symposium, Milwaukee, WI.

C. Atman, D. Kilgore, O. Eris, L. Fleming, R. Miller, S. D. Sheppard, K. Smith, R. Stevens, R. Streveler, D. M. Amos, T. Bailey, D. Chachra, H. Chen, K. Donaldson, M. Geist, M. Jones, R. Korte, S. Ledbetter, G. Lichtenstein, H. G. Loshbaugh, C. Loucks, D. Lund, H. Matusovich, J. McCain, A. Morozov, A. Taylor, J. Turns, D. Williams, and K. Yasuhara, "Special Session F3E, Academic Pathways Study: Special Interactive Session on Findings and Implications for Engineering Education and Practice the 2007 Frontiers in Education Conference," Special Session at 2007 Frontiers in Education Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

H. Matusovich, D. Follman, and W. Oakes, "Work in progress: a student perspective- why women choose service-learning," presented at 2006 Frontiers in Education Conference, San Diego, CA.

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