Robbin Chapman

Robbin Chapman
Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity & Inclusion, and Lecturer of Education

Associate Provost Chapman has been at Wellesley College since 2011 where she provides strategic leadership and vision for the College’s diversity and inclusion, and academic and faculty excellence initiatives.


Dr. Chapman and colleagues Robin Cook-Nobles, director of counseling services and dean of the office of intercultural education, and Carolyn Slaboden, assistant vice president for human resources, comprise the Partnerships for Diversity & Inclusion, which advances equity efforts across the campus. Dr. Chapman works on faculty development and student achievement issues and collaborates with academic departments on faculty searches. In addition, she handles special projects on behalf of the provost's office.


Professor Chapman is a Lecturer in the Education Department and her design-based course entitled, EDUC322/CS322: Learning And Teaching in a Digital World, merges Education and Computer Science theory and praxis to create a space where students reimagine how learning flourishes in partnership with digital technologies. Her students have presented class projects at various conferences, including the College's Digital Scholarship Day.  The course and her students have been highlighted on the College's Spotlight on Teaching series.


Dr. Chapman earned her S.M and her Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she conducted research at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the MIT Media Laboratory. Her research interests include design and use of computational tools for learning in public spaces, and examining equity issues as they relate to learning technologies and culturally-responsive pedagogy. Her publications include the book, The Computer Clubhouse: Constructionism and Creativity in Youth Communities and chapters in Social Capital and Information Technology, Falling for Science: Objects in Mind, Communities of Practice: Creating Learning Environments for Educators, and The Wiley Handbook of Learning Technology.


Dr. Chapman currently serves on a number of boards and as regional liaison for the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program, administered through the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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