Adult and Higher Education

Emily McRobbie EdD


Office Location

400 Bailey


(207) 780-5316

Academic Degrees

  • EdD in Curriculum & Instruction from Northern Arizona University
  • MA in Science Education from University of Texas at Austin
  • BS in Elementary Education & Natural Sciences from State University of New York at Geneseo


Emily McRobbie is a part-time instructor at the University of Southern Maine. She teaches HRD 540 Mindfulness in Adult Learning, HRD 600 History and Philosophy of Adult Education, HRD 630 Facilitating Adult Learning, HRD 633 Leadership in Adult and Higher Education, and the support seminar for HRD 685 CAS Completion Project, HRD 687 Internship, HRD 698 Directed Study, and HRD 699 Independent Study.

Emily’s research explores the role of mindfulness practice on personal and professional growth. She launched the Maine Mindfulness Network for educators interested in mindfulness practice and supporting mindfulness in educational settings.

Emily began working with adult learners at a distance in 2004 and has extensive experience in online course design and teaching. She consults and presents on topics related to effective virtual and online learning in addition to mindfulness, engaged learning, and diversity and inclusion topics.

She has participated in professional organizations and activities that embrace holistic development, contemplative studies, learner-centered change in higher education, and leadership. These include the Center for Courage and Renewal’s Circles of Trust, Teaching for a Change and Contemplative Research Conferences, and the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.

Emily began her career in K-12 education as an elementary teacher (BS in Elementary Education and Natural Sciences from State University of New York at Geneseo) specializing in experiential science learning (MA in Science Education from University of Texas at Austin). She later became interested in informal education, teacher education, and faculty development. She served as the Executive Director for Flagstaff Children’s Museum before moving to the community college environment. There she worked as Faculty Development Coordinator and later Education Faculty leading three teacher education certificate and degree programs in Flagstaff, Arizona for many years. While completing a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction (EdD with a focus in Higher Education) at Northern Arizona University, she merged her interest in mindfulness and educator professional growth to complete a dissertation titled Mindfulness in the Professional Lives of K-12 Educators. More recently, she coordinated a statewide online continuing education program for K-12 educators in Arizona to strengthen skills related to working with exceptional learners.

Emily and her husband Eric enjoy hiking, yoga, and exploring new places. They have hiked the Grand Canyon and enjoyed walking holidays in Switzerland, Scotland, and the Cotswolds. Emily is also a certified yoga teacher and enjoys meditation, photography, and gardening.



Areas of Expertise

Mindfulness in Education, Contemplative Pedagogy, Higher Education, Educator Professional Growth, Qualitative Research

Research Interests

Mindfulness in Education, Professional Growth for Educators, Diversity in Education

Areas of Scholarship

Mindfulness/Contemplative Pedagogy in Education

Recent Publications

Contribution to a new book expected to be published in October 2018 - The Power of Story: Seeking Renewal and Wholeness in a World That Feels Divided.

McRobbie, E. J. (2021) Current Issues in Eduacation - Mindfulness in th eProfessional Lives of K-12 Educators.   https