The Vice Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange) is responsible for the strategic direction of the campus for Research and Knowledge Exchange. This includes facilitating links with Nottingham campuses in the UK and China.
She chairs the UNMC’s Research Strategy and Knowledge Exchange Committees. She also sits on various boards based in the UK including the Research Excellence Framework Steering Committee and the Research and Knowledge Exchange Board.
Professor O’Malley has been the Dean of the Faculty of Science at UNMC since September 2014 and and was appointed as Vice-Provost in August 2016. She started her career at the University of Nottingham, UK in 1989. Prior to joining UNMC, she was Professor of Learning Science at the School of Psychology, and Dean of the Graduate School at The University of Nottingham, UK.
Professor O’Malley said: “As an interdisciplinary researcher, I am very honoured and excited about the opportunity to lead the UNMC in the area of the ground- breaking research which addresses global challenges such as health, food security and environmental change and the important role of technology and social science in achieving advances in these areas.
Professor O’Malley has been awarded significant funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK, as well as the European Commission. She was Deputy Director of the ESRC Centre for Research in Development, Instruction and Training at Nottingham from 1992 to 2002, vice-chair of the ESRC Research Grants Board from 2004 to 2008 and most recently a member of the ESRC Research Committee from 2012 to 2014.
She was a founding member of the Mixed Reality Laboratory at The University of Nottingham, UK, which serves to connect researchers from across disciplines in science, engineering, social science and arts. She is also a founding member of the Learning Sciences Research Institute at Nottingham, bringing together researchers in psychology, education and computer science. She is also founding member and a past President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences and a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society. She is also a co-investigator in the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute at Nottingham.
She holds a doctorate in Education and a Bachelors degree in Psychology & Philosophy from the University of Leeds, UK. Her research interests are in human-computer interaction and technology enhanced learning.
Prior to joining The University of Nottingham, she worked at the University of California San Diego, the University of Sussex and the Open University.