Director, Instructional Technology & Media
Meredith W. Gunn, MSW is the Director of Instructional Design and Media at the Institute for Innovation and Implementation (The Institute) at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. In this role she is responsible for: managing The Institute’s website, online training center, assisting with the development of online curriculum, infusing best practice for asynchronous learning, and designing, developing, and implementation of the National Adoption Competency Training Initiative pilot study and national rollout; increasing The Institute’s proficiency in Motivational Interviewing; and supporting projects in juvenile justice, Wraparound, and early childhood education. She has been with The Institute since June 2011 when she assumed the role of the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment and Service Planning (MCASP) Trainer. She previously held a position at the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) where she served for a year as the Assistant Director of Training (Professional Development Administrator) overseeing the ODYS Pre-Service Training Academy. Prior to that, Ms. Gunn had a 12-year tenure with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services serving in various capacities including: Drug Court Coordinator, Training Specialist, Program Development Administrator, and Training Administrator. Ms. Gunn is a graduate of the University of Maryland (UM), Baltimore County and the UM School of Social Work, where she earned her bachelor’s and master's degrees, respectively. As a result of her undergraduate and graduate work, she has gained additional experience through internships with the Office of the Public Defender, the Baltimore Crisis Response System, and Project Connections. In addition to her full-time work with The Institute, Ms. Gunn is currently pursuing her PhD in Social Work at the UM School of Social Work; she is examining the efficacy of online learning in child welfare systems and the role of social learning theory and technology acceptance theory in transfer of knowledge to practice.