In addition to serving as the founding director of the University of Missouri’s Teaching for Learning Center, Dr. Mondelli is a faculty member in the College of Education & Human Development. As a teaching professor in the department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, her area of concentration is college teaching. She holds a Ph.D. in early modern European history. Her training as a historian led her to prize writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines pedagogies. From there, she became an expert in coaching faculty and other educators to incorporate the full gamut of evidence-based and creative practices to maximize student engagement and deepen learning.

Her passion for game-based learning was ignited while at the City University of New York and led her to facilitate workshops nationally, often with her co-author, Dr. Joe Bisz. Their collaborative, highly interactive pedagogy was in need of a scholarly design method to leverage research-based principles known to improve learning. After years of research and praxis, Mondelli and Bisz are close to releasing their book, The ALLURE of Play: The Educator’s Design Guide to Active Learning Exercises and Games.

When not playing games, Dr. Mondelli can be found leading strategic teaching initiatives to enhance support for faculty members and graduate instructors. She aims to increase the prevalence of learning environments that intentionally build a sense of belonging for ALL learners, while structuring active learning and transparent assessment.

A lifelong New Yorker, Dr. Mondelli recently left behind the hustle and bustle of the Lower East Side in exchange for the gentler pace of Missouri. She and her family incorporate play into their everyday lives with frequent biking and nature excursions.


2021 – present

Assistant Professor, College of Education & Human Development

University of Missouri

2018 – present

Founding Director, Teaching for Learning Center

University of Missouri


Executive Director, Office of Teaching Excellence and Engaged Learning

Mercy College, NY

2010 – 2012

Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

Borough of Manhattan Community College, NY

2001 – 2010

Assistant Professor, Adjunct Instructor

Brooklyn College, The Cooper Union, Borough of Manhattan Community College


Ph.D. in Early Modern European History

The Graduate Center, City University of New York

M.A. in Modern European History

Fordham University

B.A. in Philosophy

Hamilton College

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