Julia VanderMolen, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Julia VanderMolen, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health program


Dr. Julia VanderMolen is an Assistant Professor for the Public Health program at Grand Valley State University.  She received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Career and Technical Education from Western Michigan University. She has a M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Grand Valley State University, a M.A. in Health Science from the University of Alabama, a M.S. in Biology from Clemson University and a B.S. in Biology from Western Michigan University.

Her dissertation title, Job Tasks Performed by Career Preparation System Administrators in One Midwestern State: Implications for Leadership Development, received the Journal of Industrial Teacher Education Outstanding Research Manuscript in 2010.

She is a recipient of the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award from Davenport University, and the Blackboard Exemplary Course Award winner for online teaching in health and science in 2012 and 2014.  She has presented at a number of conferences on the topic of assistive technology and accessibility.

The contribution of her research is to examine the benefits of assistive technology, UD and UDL. Additionally, Dr. VanderMolen’s recent work has included the benefits of 3D printing for the visually impaired and the concept of universal design and learning. Dr. VanderMolen currently serves on the Children’s Healing Center (CHC), MiCHWA, MACUL SIGPL Steering Committee, MACUL SIG INC, and is a member of RESNA and ATIA.

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