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Khusro Kidwai


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Dr. Kidwai serves as the inaugural Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering.


From 2017-2019, he served as the inaugural Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning in the Division of Lifelong Learning at the University of Maine. In this role he provided leadership for all academic areas within the Division, overseeing 20+ online graduate degrees and certificates, adult degree completion programs, Summer University and Winter Session, pre-college and early college programs, Senior College. He was instrumental in launching the University of Maine's UMaineGOLD initiative that is focused on increasing enrolments in graduate professional programs. 

From 2014-2017, he served as the inaugural Assistant Dean of Distance Learning at the School of Professional Studies at Northwestern University. In this role he collaborated with the School’s leadership and Distance Learning staff to establish and implement a vision for online learning. He is responsible for overseeing partnerships with other offices in the School – Graduate Programs, Undergraduate Programs; Professional & Post-Baccalaureate Programs, Registrar, and Student Services. 

Other positions held by Dr. Kidwai include Director of Online Teaching and Learning and the Director of the Center of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Southern Maine (2010-2012) and Research Associate at the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute at the Pennsylvania State University (2009-2012).


He received his Ph.D. degree in the Instructional Systems program at The Pennsylvania State University in 2009. His doctoral work focused on the design and development of a web-based reading environment. This research led him to co-found educational startup firm Learning Interfaces, LLC. Learning Interfaces was selected among 17 education startup firms from over 1500 international applicants to participate in Kauffman Foundation’s inaugural Education Ventures Lab program. He received his other degrees in Physics—MS from the University of Delhi and BS from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.


In 2013 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Board of Standards in Performance, Training and Instruction (IBSTPI). He served as the Executive Vice President for the Board from 2015-2017. 



  • Kellogg Executive Scholar, Certificate of Professional Achievement in Leadership, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

  • Ph.D. in Instructional Systems (minor in Educational Psychology), Pennsylvania State University

  • Diploma in Advanced Computing, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, India

  • M.S. in Physics (specialization in Quantum Field Theory and Computational Physics), University of Delhi, Delhi, India

  • B.S. in Physics, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, India



Areas of Expertise

  • Lifelong learning

  • Online learning; curriculum design; program management

  • Data-driven decision making

  • Strategic planning and change management

  • Program evaluation; accreditation

  • International education

  • Learning science; instructional Design

  • Learning analytics

  • User experience and user-interface design

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

  • Design thinking and design-based research (DBR)


Publications and Presentations



  • Kidwai, K. (2009). Extending interactions with electronic text: A design-based research investigation of a Web-based reading environment. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag.



  • Schroeder, R., Kidwai K., & Cook, V. (2016). U.S. News & World Report’s Rankings of Online Programs. University Professional and Continuing Education Association Unbound, Fall 2016.

  • Kidwai, K., & Beaudoin, M. (2014). Leveraging Web and mobile technologies to enhance access to and application of Online Learner Competencies: A project of the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction (ibstpi®). Proceedings of the International Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy: Foresight, growth, roadmaps, sectoral impact, assessment and alliances. New Delhi, India: Zaheer Science Foundation and UNESCO.​

  • DiCerbo, K., & Kidwai, K. (2013). Detecting player goals from game log files. In S. K. D’Mello, R. A. Calvo, & A. Olney (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Educational Data Mining (pp. 314–315). Memphis, TN: International Educational Data Mining Society.

  • Thornton, L., Ferris, N., Johnson, G., Kidwai, K., & Ching, Y. H. (2011). The impact of an e-portfolio program in a music education curriculum, Journal of Music Teacher Education, 21(1), 65–77.

  • Kidwai, K. (2010). A Web-based reading environment designed to fundamentally extend readers’ interaction with informational texts. In K., Gomez, L. Lyons, & J. Radinsky (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (pp. 778–785). Chicago, IL: International Society of the Learning Sciences.

  • DiBiase, D., & Kidwai, K. (2010). Wasted on the young? Comparing the performance and attitudes of postadolescent undergraduates and postbaccalaureate students in identical online classes. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 34(3), 299–326.



  • Kidwai, K., & LaRocque, M. (2018, March). UPCEA Showcase: Professional Masters—Collaborative Development of Standards for Excellence in Online Graduate Professional Programs. UPCEA Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

  • Kim, S., Kaye, P., Bova, E., & Kidwai, K. (2017, March). UPCEA Talks: Strategic planning—Collaborative strategic planning to support program innovation. Presentation at the UPCEA National Conference, Chicago, IL.

  • Wickham, J., Kidwai, K., & Dodson, S. (2016, November). Customizing learning in an online faculty training course by adopting the ibstpi® instructor competencies app. Discovery session at the annual Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Accelerate Conference, Orlando, FL.

  • Kidwai, K., Beaudoin, M., & Suzuki, K. (2015, November). Mobile app designed to enhance access to and application of a set of online learner competencies: A project of the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction (ibstpi®). Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Indianapolis, IN.

  • LaRocque, M., Burton, G., Siegenthaler, K., & Kidwai, K. (2013, April). Innovating our way through disruption: Case studies from the University of Missouri and the University of Southern Maine. Panel discussion at the UPCEA National Conference, Boston, MA.

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