Mark Hofer is a professor in the William & Mary School of Education and the inaugural Director of the Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation (STLI). He began his career in education as a high school history teacher. He then worked as a school and district technology coordinator where he led professional development for teachers in technology integration. This interest led him to pursue a Ph.D in instructional technology at the University of Virginia.
After two years as an assistant professor at Towson University, Hofer joined the faculty at William & Mary in 2005. In the School of Education, he teaches undergraduate, Masters and doctoral students the Curriculum and Instruction as well as the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership departments that are focused on technology integration and learning design. In 2016, Hofer and Professor Lindy Johnson were founding co-directors of the School of Education’s Center for Innovation in Learning Design.
As the director for the new Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation, Hofer leads a team to support faculty, students, and staff from across the university opportunities to collaborate with one another and learn about diverse modes of teaching and learning as well as new technologies and innovative teaching practices. The STLI encourages collaboration, expands the range of learning and research opportunities, and fosters effective coordination of programs and activities to promote a flourishing culture centered on teaching and learning.
His research and project work focuses on educational innovation, deeper learning, educational technologies, and designing professional learning experiences for teachers, school leaders and university faculty. Hofer regularly publishes and presents his work for scholarly and practitioner audiences.