Anita Greenwood

Anita Greenwood, Ed.D.

Dean Emerita

Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Education


B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E. University of Birmingham, U.K.

M.Ed., Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell-Mathematics and Science Education 


Anita Greenwood received her bachelor’s degree in biology with honors from the University of Birmingham, UK, as well as a post-graduate certificate of education. She worked as a science teacher in England before moving to the United States with her husband. Greenwood joined the University of Lowell as a graduate student in 1983 and later worked as a lecturer, supervising preservice science teachers. In 1992, Greenwood became the first person to receive an Ed.D. in Mathematics and Science Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and was appointed to the faculty.

In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, Greenwood oversaw the Initial Teacher Preparation program. Throughout her career, Greenwood was heavily involved in teacher professional development. She conducted numerous workshops for elementary and middle school teachers and made several televised programs for science teachers in collaboration with the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Science Media Group. Greenwood received several grants to enhance the teaching of science. Two such grants enabled her to established a M.Ed. in Science Education online and the UTeach program at UMass Lowell for preparing STEM teachers at the undergraduate level.

After her promotion to professor, Greenwood served as Dean from 2007-2017. Under her leadership, the Graduate School of Education (GSE) established new Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs and returned to undergraduate education with a BA Ed in Elementary and Moderate Disabilities. The GSE also was renamed the School of Education. Greenwood retired from faculty in 2019.