Faculty Directory
Janice Mejia

Associate Professor of Instruction of Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences


2145 Sheridan Rd
Tech C140
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-4782Email Janice Mejia


Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences


Master of Engineering Management Program


  • Ph.D. Mathematics and Science Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.A. Higher Education Leadership, Northeastern Illinois University
  • M.A. Applied Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership, DePaul University
  • B.S. Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University

Research Interests

Dr. Mejia is an Associate Professor of Instruction in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences. She also teaches in the Design Thinking and Communication (DTC), Master in Engineering Management (MEM), and College Prep programs. Her research interests focus on mixed methods research in engineering education, curriculum assessment and development, and engineering identity. Prior to teaching at Northwestern, she worked in for-profit and non-profit sectors to optimize technologies, processes, and policies in organizations. 

Significant Recognition

  • 2021 NACADA Region 5 Faculty Award for Excellence in Advising
  • 2017 Cole-Higgins Award for Excellence in Advising
  • 2016 Associated Student Government (ASG) Faculty Honor Roll for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2014 Associated Student Government (ASG) Faculty Honor Roll for Excellence in Teaching

Courses Taught

  • Design Thinking and Communication 1 (DSGN 106-1)
  • Design Thinking and Communication 2 (DSGN 106-2)
  • Industrial Engineering Field Project Methods (IEMS 340)
  • Industrial Engineering Client Project Challenge (IEMS 394)
  • What’s Your Problem? Innovative Problem Solving Through Design Thinking and Communication (College Prep Seminar)

Selected Publications

Villanueva, I., Mejia, J. A., Mejia, J. & Revelo, R. A. (2022). Latiné, Latinx, Latina, Latino, or Hispanic: Problematizing terms often used in engineering education. Journal of Engineering Education, (111) 735-739.

Mejia, J. A., Villanueva, I., Mejia, J. & Revelo, R. A. (2022). Legitimized tongues: Breaking the traditions of silence in mainstream engineering education and research. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 28(2), 53-77.

Mejia, J. A., Revelo, R. A., Villanueva, I., & Mejia, J. (2018). Critical theoretical frameworks in engineering education: An anti-deficit and liberative approach. Education Sciences8(4), 158.