Mien Segers (1960) is full professor at the department of Educational Research and Development of the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics and at the Centre of Learning in Organisations at the University of Leiden. She obtained her Master degree (‘Licentiate’) in Educational Sciences at the Faculty of Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences of the University of Gent (Belgium). She has a Ph.D. from Maastricht University (‘Quality Assurance in Higher Education: an exploratory study of performance indicators in theory and practice’, 1993).
In 1987, she started her career as a researcher at the department of Educational Development & Research at the University of Maastricht. She was involved in several research projects concerning quality assurance at a national and international (OECD) level. In 1990, she became an assistant professor at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. In 1999, she became associate professor. Since 2003, she is full professor and chair of the Centre for Learning in Organisations at the University of Leiden. Since 2006, she is also full professor at the Department of Educational Research and Development of the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. As part of her educational development activities, she has been developing and implementing innovative learning and assessment environments (such as the OverAll Test and peer assessment). In addition, in 2007, she coordinated the development of the multidisciplinary master programme Management of Learning at the Maastricht University. This initiative is a cooperation between experts in the fields of Labour Economics, Organisation and Strategy and Learning Sciences.
As a researcher, she addresses the influence of (innovative) learning and assessment environments on learning and professional development. Her research is conducted in educational as well as workplace settings. In this respect, she is the promotor of PhD projects focussing on effects of learning environments on learning behaviour and expertise development in educational settings and effects of professional development programs and tools (such as 360 degree feedback system) on professional learning. Within her research on learning environments, she focuses on collaborative learning approaches. In this respect, together with W. Gijselaers, E. Boshuizen en P. Kirschner, she obtained a NWO-MES grant for the project ‘Knowledge sharing and decision-making in collaborative multidisciplinary teams with (a)synchronous computer-mediated environments’ (2001). As part of her research, she is cooperating with the HRD departments of a diversity of organisations such as KLM, DSM, HiTech/Stork, and AMI.