Tom Mierzwa

Academic Innovation Fellow

Building upon prior academic experiences, at TLTC Tom develops innovative pedagogies that improve teaching and learning. He designed and taught two MOOCs (massive open online courses) offered on Coursera: “Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace” and “Crafting Strategies for Innovative Initiatives by Corporate Entrepreneurs,” and assists other faculty members in developing MOOCs and other online teaching applications.

He is also a faculty member with the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering’s Mtech Program, where he designed and teaches a masters-level course in Technology Entrepreneurship and an undergraduate course in Understanding Innovation. Previously, at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, he designed and taught courses on Innovation and Creativity for Entrepreneurial Managers, among others. During his recent role at the University of Maryland University College, he taught in the school’s Doctor of Management program, designing and developing competency-based courses and learning exercises while mentoring mid-career managers and executives through their scholar-practitioner dissertation journey.

He holds a DPA from the University of Southern California that focused on ways entrepreneurial initiatives are launched as internal corporate ventures in public sector organizations, an MLA in Urban Design from Harvard University, and a BFA in Environmental Design from the University of Illinois. His research interests include mapping innovation processes; creative orientation and opportunity recognition within large organizations; and conceptual tool-making—the use of graphic models and learning objects to visualize and explain management concepts.