Margaret Chmiel

Margaret Chmiel

Adjunct Lecturer (Director of Evaluation at Howard Hughes Medical Institute)

Marjee Chmiel works at the intersection of media and public understanding of science. Her passion is in understanding how cultures can leverage media to adopt scientific habits of mind as well as engage affectively with scientific phenomenon. She has developed award winning-media at Public Broadcasting Services, National Geographic, and the Smithsonian Institution. As a Fulbright Specialist, she worked with the Southeast Asian Ministries of Education on changing science curriculum in Indonesia. Her doctoral work explored types of scientific explanations employed in popular user-generated videos.  She is the director of evaluation for the educational media group at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Marjee currently teaches INST 701: Introduction to Research Methods at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies.


  • Science communications
  • Public understanding of science
  • Educational technology
  • Evaluation theory & methods
  • Social science research theory


  • PhD Educational research and evaluation George Mason University 2013
  • MA Instructional Policy Marquette University 2003
  • BS Broad Field Science Marquette University 1999