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Associate Professor

Department Doctorate Education

Mailing Address

Regis College

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493

About

Dr. Heather Maietta completed her undergraduate education at Michigan State University, where she majored in resource development. She earned her MS in Kinesiology, with a minor in Higher Education Leadership from James Madison University. Dr. Maietta went on to pursue an EdD in Higher Education Leadership from Central Michigan University where she also taught undergraduate courses in the College of Education and Human Services. Dr. Maietta spent 10 years as a senior administrator in higher education at Nichols College and Merrimack College before returning to the classroom as a faculty in the Regis EdD in Higher Education Leadership program.

In addition to advising Dissertation in Practice research projects, Dr. Maietta has taught the following topical courses in the EdD program:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Dissertation Proposal
  • Essence of Higher Education: Past, Present, Future
  • Co-Curricular Learning in Higher Education
  • Organizational Theory, Strategy, Change
  • Law and Policy in Higher Education

Dr. Maietta’s research explores career development needs of first generation doctoral students, motivational preferences of adult learners, and transitional issues of students resulting from college closure. She has published in Journal of Adult Learning, Journal for Workforce Development, ESource, About Campus, Career Convergence, NACE Journal, Career Developments, and the NACADA Journal.

In addition, Dr. Maietta has written several book chapters, published two edited books, and is currently working on a monograph and a third book project.

Philosophy

In his publication Future Shock, Alvin Toffler (1970) describes the academic complexities of our rapidly changing workplace by stating "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” This statement has never held truer as we learn, unlearn, and relearn in a post-pandemic world. Whether through the traditional or virtual classroom, I strive to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to delivering culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Celebrate varied ways of thinking and learning
  • Help students recognize their potential
  • Promote scholarly achievement
  • Develop student-faculty interactions
  • Communicate high expectations
  • Respect diverse thoughts and talents

I gravitate toward the constructivist teaching methodology because it allows students to showcase their abilities as independent scholars and engaged citizens. At the doctoral level, I expect my students to actively participate, rather than passively learn. I accomplish this by developing courses that emphasize the application of critical thinking skills to foster deep learning, and the use of collaborative learning skills to facilitate “real-world” problem solving. Students experience frequent and repeated opportunities to act, react, and interact with the curriculum and the classroom. I aim for students to see how they can achieve their professional and educational goals by understanding how higher education contributes to eradicating inequalities, develops self-knowledge, and actively gives voice to all populations, especially those who are marginalized and underserved. I promote the deliberation of new concepts and respect of differing viewpoints, including how they can carry such understandings into their careers.

Awards Honors

2017, Board Certified Coaches Scholarship Award, National Board of Certified Coaches

2015, Outstanding Career Practitioner of the Year, National Career Development Association

2015, Associate Vice President, Exemplary Career Center of the Year, National Career Development Association

2015, Merit Award Nominee, National Career Development Association

2014, Diversity and Inclusion Award Finalist, Generation Merr1mack, National Assn of Colleges and Employers

2011, Rising Star Award Recipient, National Association of Colleges and Employers

2010, Rising Star Award Finalist, National Association of Colleges and Employers

2003, Fellowship Award, Education and Human Services, Central Michigan University

2003, Professional Experience Award, Education and Human Services, Central Michigan University

2003, ASHE National Conference Fellow, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Portland, OR

2003, Teaching and Curriculum Development Fellowship, Faculty Center for Academic Excellence, Central Michigan University – Studied faculty development strategies in Vaxjo, Sweeden

2001, Commendation Medal, Virginia National Guard

Maietta, H. N. (2022-in press). Career coaching principles and practices. National Career Development Association.

Maietta, H. N. and Gardner, P. (2022-in press). Ensuring success for transfer students: The importance of career and professional development. National Resource Center on the First Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Gardner, A, Maietta, H. N., Gardner, P, and Perkins, N. (2021). "Postsecondary adult learner motivation: An analysis of credentialing patterns and decision making within higher education programs". Journal of Adult Learning. Sage.

Maietta, H. N. (2021). "When first generation students become doctoral candidates". In H. Longwell-Grice and R. Longwell-Grice (Eds). At the Intersection: Understanding and Exploring First-Generation Students. Stylus.

Maietta, H. N. (2021). "Meeting the career development needs of first generation college students". In Longwell-Grice, H. and Longwell-Grice, R. (Eds.). At the Intersection: Understanding and Exploring First-Generation Students. Stylus.

Maietta, H. N. (2021-In Press). Case studies in career services: A practical guide for practitioners. National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Gardner, P. and Maietta, H. N. (2020). Advancing talent development: Steps towards a T-model infused undergraduate education. Business Expert Press.

Gardner, P. and Maietta, H. N. (2020). "Systems and systems thinking". In Gardner, P. and Maietta, H. N. (Eds). Advancing talent development: Steps towards a T-model infused undergraduate education. Business Expert Press.

Maietta, H. N. (2018). "Contemplating work/life balance". Career Developments. National Career Development Association.

Book Review: Maietta, H. N. (2018). Maretti, E. (2018). The new geography of jobs. NACADA.

Maietta, H. N. (2018). "How to write an effective case study". NACE Journal.

Maietta, H. N. (2017). Solving the talent shortage in career services: Leadership for organizational effectiveness. Career Leadership Collective.

Maietta, H. N. (2017). No is the new gritty: How to say no at work. Career Leadership Collective.

Maietta, H. N. (2016, winter). "Career development needs of first-generation college students". NACE Journal.

Maietta, H. N. (2015). "Careers and your major". In J. Gardner and B. Barefoot (Eds.). Your college experience. Bedford/St. Martin.

Maietta, H. N. (2016). "Parental involvement in the career development process". NACE Journal.

Maietta, H. N. (2013). "The four-year experience: Career search self-efficacy of new graduates". Journal for Workforce and Development, 6, (2).

Maietta, H. N. (2013). "Career passport: An introduction to career planning for first-year students and beyond". In M. Morgan (Ed.). Recruiting and supporting diversity: A practical guide. Routledge.

Maietta, H. N. (2012). "Career development in the senior year". In M. S. Hunter, J. R. Keup, J. Kinzie. and H. N. Maietta, (Eds.) The senior year experience: Culminating experiences and transitions. National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Hunter, M.S., Keup, J.R., Kinzie, J. and Maietta, H. (Eds.) (2012). The senior year experience: Culminating experiences and transitions. National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Maietta, H.N. (2012). "Virtual job club: A social support network for recent graduates". About Campus. American College Personnel Association.

Maietta, H.N. and Sherman, D.C. (2011). "A four-year professional development model prepares students for successful careers". E-Source, 8(2). 4. National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Maietta, H.N. and Williamson, J. (2010). "Junior business card project". Career Convergence. National Career Development Association.

Maietta, H.N. (2010). "Job club helps seniors transition to the world-of-work". E-Source, 7(3). 1. National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

The Professional Development Seminar First Year Course. 2008; 2009; 2010. Kendall/Hunt.

The Professional Development Seminar Junior/Senior Course. (2009). Kendall/Hunt.

The Professional Development Seminar Sophomore Course. (2008). Kendall/Hunt.

"The Impact of Forced Transfer on College Student Success", National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students Conference, 2021

"Dissertation to Publication and Other Post-Graduate Pursuits: A Career Development Course for Doctoral Students", CPED Convening, 2020

"College Closure and the Forced Transfer Experience", 27th Annual Students in Transition Conference, 2020

"The Forced Transfer Experience: Implications for Career Services", NCDA, Houston, TX, 2019

"Assessments for Coaching I", NACE, Orlando, FL, 2019

"Career Coaching Intensive", 12-Part Webinar Series, NACE, 2018

"Fundamentals of Coaching", LIM University, Manhattan, NY, 2018

"Foundational Skills to Understanding Career Networks and Facilitating Career Conversations", UT Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX, 2018

"Coaching for Businesses and Organizations", 3-Part Webinar Series, NACE, 2018

"Building your Professional Brand", 3-Part Webinar Series, Transition Solutions, 2017

"Career Coaching Intensive", Florida International University, 2017

"Assessments in Career Coaching", Stanford University, 2017

"Coaching for Organizational Change", 3-Part Webinar Series, NACE, 2017

"Re-Envision Your Goal Setting: How to Get Results from Complex 24/7 Networks", National Association for female Executives, Women’s Leadership Summit, 3M, 2016

"Women's Financial Security: A Public Health Issue", AAUW-MA Annual Convention, 2015

"Meeting the Career Development Needs of First-Generation College Students", TRIO, Keene State, 2014

"Keynote: Student Success in the First Year and Beyond", Lone Star Community College, Dallas, TX, 2014

"Transitional Support for First Generation Students", 25th Annual Teaching Academic and Success Skills, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2014

"Destination Exploration: Discovery and Decision-Making Support for Undeclared Students", 4th Annual New England Conference for Student Success, UMASS Amherst, 2013

"Wrap Around Support for First Generation College Students", NACE, 2013

"Generation Merr1mack: First-Year Support for College Students", Colleges of Worcester, 2012

"Destination Exploration: Exploratory Program for Undeclared Liberal Arts Students", CWC, 2012

"Career Passport: An Introduction to Career Planning for First-Year Students", 19th National Conference on Student in Transition Conference, 2012

"A Happy Mess Revisited: Extending What We Know About the Senior-Year Transition for First-Generation Students", 18th National Conference on Students in Transition, 2011

"Generations in the Workplace: Communication Challenges", Celebrating Women in Business, 2010

"From Matriculation to Graduation: Correlations Between Career Readiness Programs and Career Search Self-Efficacy", 17th National Conference on Students in Transition, 2010

"Professional Development for the Senior Year", CRMA, Annual Conference, 2009

"The Benefits of a Captive Audience: Career Services in the Classroom", Nichols College National Exchange, 2008

"Connecting College to Career: The Innovative Portfolio", Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, 2008

"The Process Communication Model: Improving Classroom Communications", Michigan Education Association, IPD Conference: Learning, Leadership and Change in Action, 2003

"Improving Classroom Communications", Research Colloquium, Central Michigan University, 2003

"Instructional Improvement and Its Impact on Academic Performance of Students of Color", American College Personnel Association, Higher Education: Diversity, Transformation, and Community, 2003

"Michigan’s Strategic Plan for Higher Education", Research presented to Governor Granholm, Michigan, 2003

"Leadership Through Active Learning", Lilly North Teaching Conference, 2003

"The Boards Responsibility in Fundraising", Michigan Society of Association Executives, ORGPRO, 2003