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Maria K. DiBenedetto University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA

Dr. Maria K. DiBenedetto holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology with a specialization

in Learning, Development, and Instruction from the Graduate School and University Center

of the City University of New York. She has a rich history in working in various administrative

positions in higher education, including admissions, recruitment, advisement, student services,

assessment, and reaccreditation, as well as adjunct teaching of both undergraduate and graduate

students (courses include research methods, educational psychology, counseling psychology,

child and adolescent development, theories of learning in teaching, and management). She also

has several years experience teaching as a high school science teacher and Chair of the Science

Department, as well as experience as a second- and fourth-grade elementary school teacher.

Dr. DiBenedettos current position is at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, in

the Bryan School of Business and Economics where she is a member of the Deans Leadership

Team. In her position as Lecturer/Director of Assessment and Reporting, Dr. DiBenedetto

oversees assurance of learning for the business schools reaccreditation by AACSB International

(Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), one of the most prestigious and internationally

recognized organizations that reviews business schools throughout the globe. In

addition, she ensures the business school is meeting the assurance of learning standards set by

SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) for all

graduate programs, undergraduate majors, minors, and certificate programs. She also serves on

various committees throughout the university and within the business school and is a senator on

the university-wide staff senate.

Dr. DiBenedettos research interests are focused on self-regulated learning, self-efficacy,

and motivation. She has published numerous chapters and articles on these topics and has collaborated

with world-renown scholars in the field of educational psychology. She is particularly

interested in research on self-regulated learning for college-bound high school students as well

as study strategies for undergraduate and graduate students and their impact on achievement.

Her research has been widely cited; for example, in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher

Education on first-generation college students study strategies, the authors cited one of her

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Along with Dr. DiBenedettos empirical research, she has written several theoretical/conceptual

publications focused on assessment, standards-based instruction, self-efficacy within a

sociocultural lens, the mentoring of doctoral students, and two books, one edited and one coauthored.

In the edited book Connecting Self-Regulated Learning and Performance With Instruction

Across High School Content Areas (2018), each chapter is cowritten by outstanding content area

high school teachers throughout the United States and well-known educational psychologists on

applying self-regulated learning to classroom instruction. Self-Regulation and the Common Core:

Applications to ELA Standards (2015) was her earlier coauthored book that discusses how selfregulated

and the common core can be used to teach ELA standards to students in grades K12.

Dr. DiBenedetto has served on several prestigious editorial boards: Journal of Experimental

Education; The International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment; and a special

issue of Theory Into Practice. She has served as a guest reviewer for several premier journals

including the Journal of Educational Psychology; Journal of Advanced Academics; Learning and

Individual Differences; and Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy, & Practice, among others.

DiBenedetto is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and served as

chair of Division 15s (Educational Psychology) Committee on the Development of Early Career

Educational Psychologists. She served in several positions in the Studying and Self-Regulated

Learning Special Interest Group (SIG) for the American Educational Research Association

(AERA) including Chair, Program Chair, Secretary, and Editor of the SIG.

Dr. DiBenedetto has presented her research internationally and domestically and has conducted

professional development workshops for teachers in middle schools and high schools in

addition to guest lectures for doctoral students on student learning and assessment. In addition,

Dr. DiBenedetto serves on doctoral dissertation committees and has served and serves as a consultant

on many projects for organizations such as ACT (American College Testing), Pearson

Education, Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES), and the Portuguese

Science Foundation.