Title: Assistant Professor
Office: ZEB 339B
Specialty: Urban Education/Foundations of Education
Department(s): Leadership and Professional Studies
Maria Lovett is a visiting Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Florida International University. At FIU she teaches courses that integrate digital media and other technologies with critical theory and progressive pedagogical methods for both the COE and with the English department.
As a community educator and researcher in the field, Maria has taught youth media production and arts-based community action projects in cities across the United States and Montreal, Canada. Currently in Miami, she is working with students from the Algebra Project and the Young People’s Project to advance multiple literacy skills and promote community action through media production. Maria’s scholarly research continues to look for practical realizations of pedagogical theories committed to social change. Employing backgrounds as a documentary filmmaker and educator she uses a methodology she calls Video Action Research and Pedagogy to connect documentary production, visual ethnography and critical pedagogical praxis to explore interdisciplinary ways of knowing and producing knowledge. Her current projects include a multi-modal examination of the repercussions of Hurricane Katrina though the narrative of one 84-year-old man’s struggle to rebuild his home in the Lower Ninth Ward. She is also applying these methods to document the narratives of public school students from the Little Haiti, Liberty City and Overtown neighborhoods of Miami.