Bio

Matthea Marquart, MSSW, is a social worker, leader, educator, and online education expert. She is the Assistant Dean of Online Education at Columbia University’s School of Social Work (CSSW), where she leads a team responsible for implementing Columbia’s online Master’s of Science in Social Work program. A CSSW alumna, instructor, and administrator, she has supported the School’s online MSSW program since 2014, from initial course pilots and instructor training through program launch and expansion. She teaches in CSSW’s management program, preparing a new wave of nonprofit and human services leaders; courses taught include Workers and the Workplace, Macro Community Practice, Motivational Interviewing Skills-Based Lab, Human Behavior in the Social Environment B: Racial Identity Development, and Staff Development, Training, and Mentoring.


Ms. Marquart created and co-facilitates CSSW’s intensive Institute on Pedagogy and Technology for Online Courses, which launched in 2017 and has provided over 350 graduates with a foundation of skills and knowledge for quality online instruction. This institute has been recognized with awards from the United States Distance Learning Association, the University Professional Continuing Education Association, Chief Learning Officer magazine, and the International E-Learning Association. She also created and co-facilitates CSSW's Annual Online Faculty Development Series, which launched in AY2018-19 and has been recognized with awards from the United States Distance Learning Association, the University Professional Continuing Education Association, and Chief Learning Officer magazine.


Ms. Marquart has held director-level roles managing departments, budgets, and teams since 2000. She previously served as the National Director of Training at Building Educated Leaders for Life, where she launched an award-winning blended e-learning and in-person training. She also served as President of the NYC Chapter of the National Organization for Women, where she was the first woman of color to hold the top role, and as Director of Foundation and Government Relations at the environmental research organization Inform, Inc. Prior to moving to New York City in 1999, she worked in England, Spain, and South Korea.


As a lifelong learner, Ms. Marquart has participated in extensive ongoing leadership development. She has been a member of the Community Resources Exchange Leadership Caucus for Early Career Executive Directors, a member of the Online Learning Consortium’s Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning, a Network for Social Work Management Policy Fellow, a blogger for New York Nonprofit Press, and a member of the Council on Social Work Education’s Program Directors Academy. She publishes and presents frequently, including over 125 invited talks, workshops, keynote speeches, and conference sessions about education, training, teaching with technology, and nonprofit management. She is honored to have been recognized by the Council on Social Work Education’s Women’s Council as a Feminist Mentor, by the Network for Social Work Management with an Exemplar Award for exemplary performance and leadership as a social work executive leader, by the White House and Americorps with a President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award in recognition of volunteer service to community and country, and by the NYC chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for 16-25 years of exemplary leadership and contributions to the Social Work profession.


Ms. Marquart holds a BA in English from Emory University, during which time she completed a year at Oxford University and coursework at UC Berkeley, and an MSSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Her additional coursework includes a United Way of NYC Senior Fellowship in the Nonprofit Leadership Development Institute at Baruch College, where she took Executive MPA courses with a cohort of nonprofit leaders, and a Business Certificate from Columbia University, completed by taking online courses.