Matthew Hora

Assistant Professor

Matthew Hora is an Assistant Professor in Adult Teaching and Learning in the Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies at UW-Madison, and a research scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. He also has an appointment in the Center for Education and Work and is a staff affiliate at the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE). After several years of experience in organic agriculture and food systems research, Matt received his master's degree in applied anthropology from the University of Maryland - College Park.  He earned his Ph.D. in the learning sciences from the Department of Educational Psychology at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Matt's research program focuses on two areas. First, he specializes in the analysis of curriculum planning and classroom instruction at the tertiary level, with a focus on these issues and the effects of pedagogical reforms in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Second, he also studies workforce development issues related to STEM fields. In a new study on the "skills gap" he will examine the types of skills employers in biotechnology and manufacturing desire in their workforce, and the degree to which the curriculum in colleges and universities is aligned with these skills. Matt's research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Center for Education and Work at UW-Madison.  For more information see:



Contact Information
Phone: (608) 265-0448
Office: 697 Ed Sciences

Current Projects

Collaborative Research: Exploring Factors That Shape Education and Workplace Training on Essential 21st Century Competencies: A Translational Study in Four High-Stem Job Regions
Center for Research on College Work Transition (CCWT)
The College Internship Study: A Longitudinal Mixed Methods Study Exploring theImpacts of College Internships on Student Outcomes at HBCUs
Exploring STEM Career Pathway Persistence Among Student Service Members and Veterans: A Mixed Methods Longitudinal Study of Social Supoort Networks
2019-20 Fall Competition Award The College Internship Study: Phase 2
Expanding Experiential Learning in Pathways Framework
College Students at Work: Exploring the Career Development Learning of College Students with Significant Work Commitments

Completed Projects

Synthesis of the January 2008 MSP Learning Network Conference
Culture, Cognition, and Evaluation of STEM Higher Education Reform (CCHER) : A Mixed-Methods Longitudinal Study
Tracking the Processes of Data Driven Decision Making in Higher Education
Supplement to 144-PRJ18KN - Culture, Cognition, and Evaluation of STEM Higher Education Reform: A Mixed-Methods Longitudinal Study
Exploring the Alignment Between Workforce Needs and the Postsecondary Curriculum
Exploring the Alignment Among Employer Expectations for STEM Skills and the Design of Education Curricula and Interventions