School of Education and Human Development

Emily McRobbie Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Adult & Higher Education

Office Location

400E Bailey


(207) 780-5173

Academic Degrees

  • Ed.D. – Curriculum & Instruction from Northern Arizona University
  • M.A. – Science Education from University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S. – Elementary Education & Natural Sciences from State University of New York at Geneseo


Emily McRobbie is Assistant Professor of Adult and Higher Education at the University of Southern Maine. Emily began her career in K-12 education as an elementary teacher (B.S. in Elementary Education and Natural Sciences from State University of New York at Geneseo) specializing in experiential science learning (M.A. 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 (Ed.D. 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. Most recently, she coordinated an online continuing education program for K-12 educators in Arizona to strengthen skills related to working with exceptional students.

Emily teaches History and Philosophy of Adult Education, Facilitating Adult Learning and Managing Adult Education and HR Development. Prior teaching includes a wide variety of topics, including diversity in education, curriculum and instruction, science education, language arts instruction, exceptional learners, and the community college.

She has participated in professional organizations and activities that embrace holistic development, learner-centered change in higher education and leadership. These include the Center for Courage and Renewal’s Circles of Trust facilitator training, Teaching for a Change and International Symposiums for Contemplative Research conferences, and the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education. Emily’s research explores the role of mindfulness practice on personal and professional growth.

Emily and her husband Eric enjoy hiking, yoga and traveling together. They have hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and enjoyed walking holidays to Switzerland, Scotland and the Cotswolds in recent years. 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