Dr. Mahler brings 25 years of experience in program and instructional design, staff development, strategic planning, and grant development/management in higher education, non-profit, corporate, and K-12 educational environments to her role as Teaching Professor at Northeastern University. She holds an MA in Instructional Systems Development from the University of Maryland and an earned doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University. She teaches graduate courses within the College of Professional Studies' Graduate School of Education and is a Visiting Fellow with the College's Global Leadership Program at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. She also serves as Lead Faculty for the eLearning and Instructional Design Concentration within the Master of Education Program.
Dr. Mahler's interests include the reciprocal relationship between adult learning and development, 21st-century career development, midlife transitions, and the impact of generativity throughout adulthood. She is currently involved in the positive aging movement, with a special interest in academic programming for individuals who are transitioning/retooling for encore careers. Dr. Mahler is a past board member and chapter president of the Life Planning Network and a Founding Member of the Encore Network. She is the author of the book chapter, "Midlife Work Role Transitions: Generativity and Learning in 21st Century Careers" in The Oxford Handbook of Reciprocal Development and Learning. She recently co-authored an article in the Canadian career development journal, Careering, entitled, "Is it Time to Put Retirement Out to Pasture?" with Dr. John Thompson.
EducationEdD from George Washington University (2008)
Director of Program Design: Laureate Education, Inc., Baltimore, MD
Adjunct Faculty: George Washington University, Washington, DC
Coordinator, Planning and Program Enhancement: Howard County Public School System, Ellicott City, MD
Coordinator, Special Programs: Howard Community College, Columbia, MD
Director, Continuing Education: American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Alexandria, VA
Program Administrator, University of Maryland Medical School, Baltimore, MD