Alexandra Corina Niculescu

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Phone +47-22854329
Room 228
Visiting address Gaustadalléen 30D 0373 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1161 Blindern 0318 OSLO

Academic interests

  • Measuring complex constructs such as adaptability.
  • Student Learning, Academic Success in Higher Education;
  • Motivation and Emotions, Mathematics and Science Education, Complex Problem Solving across different educational levels;
  • Feedback as a learning mechanism, Curriculum and Course (re)Design for improved learning outcomes.


Past Positions

2014 – 2018  Educational Consultant in Higher Education (Private )
2015 – 2017  Educational Project Coordinator HERMES Team, European Respiratory Society, Lausanne, Switzerland             
2010 – 2015   PhD Candidate, Department of Educational Research and Development, Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics, Netherlands
2009 – 2014   Researcher, Department of Educational Development and Research, Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics, Netherlands
2013 – 2014   Visiting PhD Fellow, Graduate School of Professional Studies, Park University, United States of America
2012  Visiting Researcher, Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark 
2007 – 2009   Research assistant, Department of Health Psychology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen, Netherlands
2005 – 2006   Psychologist, Department of Health Education and Promotion, National School of Public Health and Management, Bucharest, Romania



2015 - PhD in Educational Sciences, Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics, Netherlands
2007 - Master of Science in Public Health, Maastricht University Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Netherlands
2006 - Master Management of Organizations, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest                             
2004 - Bachelor of Psychology, University 'Titu Maiorescu', Faculty of Psychology, Bucharest, Romania

Teaching and Student Supervision

Past undergraduate and graduate course 

2012 – 2014  Theories and Models of Learning (Master Management of Learning), Maastricht University School of Business and Economics
2012 – 2013  Cognition, Learning and Knowledge Development (3rd year bachelor) Maastricht University School of Business and Economics                                   
Supervision of Student Research
2009 - 2013   Supervision of bachelor and master theses at Maastricht University



Books & Book Chapters
Niculescu, A. C. (2015). Hidden in plain sight. Capturing freshmen emotional experiences and their effects on performance at university. Maastricht, The Netherlands: Datawyse Universitaire Pers Maastricht.
Gijselaers, W.H., Dailey-Hebert, A., & Niculescu, A. (2014). Shaping the new professional for the new profession. In Baroncelli, S. , Farneti, R., Horga, I., Vanhoonacker, S. (Eds) Teaching European Union studies: Patterns in traditional and innovative teaching methods and curriculum. (p.40-63).
Journal Articles
Niculescu, A., Tempelaar, D.T., Dailey-Hebert, A., Segers, M., & Gijselaers, W. H. (2016). Exploring the change-change model of achievement emotions: the inclusion of negative emotions. Learning and Individual Differences. 47, 289 -297.
Niculescu, A. C., Tempelaar, D.T., Leppink , J., Dailey-Hebert, A., Segers, M., & Gijselaers, W. H. (2016). Feelings and performance in the first year at university : Learning-related emotions as predictors of achievement outcomes in mathematics and statistics. Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology. 13(3), 431-462.
Niculescu, A. C., Tempelaar, D., Dailey-Hebert, A., Segers, M., & Gijselaers, W. (2015). Exploring the antecedents of learning-related emotions and their relations with achievement outcomes. Frontline Learning Research, 3(1), 1–16.
Tempelaar, D. T., Niculescu, A., Rienties, B., Gijselaers, W. H., & Giesbers, B. (2012). How achievement emotions impact students’ decisions for online learning, and what precedes those emotions. The Internet and Higher Education, 15(3), 161–169.
Professional Publications
Hardavella, G., Aamli-Gaagnat, A., Frille, A, Saad, N., Niculescu, A.C., Powell, P. (2017). Top tips to deal with challenging situations: doctor–patient interactions. Breathe 13: 1–7.
Niculescu, A.C., Noel, J., Aliberti, S. & Rohde, G. (2016). Introducing a new HERMES Project on Respiratory Infections, Breathe, 12(1), 5-7. DOI: 10.1183/20734735.012515
Sutter, S., Stolz, D., Karg, O., Mitchell, S., Niculescu, A., Noel, J-L., ... Rohde, G. (2016). HERMES European Accreditation of Training Centres in Adult Respiratory Medicine: criteria validation and revision. Breathe, 12(1), 11-17. DOI: 10.1183/20734735.000116
Franssen R., Niculescu A., & Nijhuis, J. (2010), Vrijheid = Blijheid? Studenten zonder keuzevrijheid passen zich beter aan, Expertise 1, jaargang 4, Januari 2010.
Franssen, R., Niculescu, A., & Nijhuis, J. (2009), Vakmanschap = Meesterschap, Expertise 10, jaargang 3, December 2009.


International Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers (select)
Niculescu, A. C., Tempelaar, D.T., Leppink , J., Dailey-Hebert, A., Segers, M., & Gijselaers, W. H. (2014). Subject Specificity of Learning Emotions and Achievement Outcomes: How Feelings Impact Performance. Paper presented on the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, April 3 – April 7, 2014.
Niculescu, A., Segers, M., de Regt, E., & Gijselaers, W. (2012). A Tutor Feedback Intervention in Problem-Based Learning and its Effects on Student Learning. Paper presented on the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,  April 13 – April 17, 2012.
Niculescu, A., Nijhuis, J., & Gijselaers, W. (2010). Curriculum design, student’s nationality and its effects on adaptation to university: What makes the difference? Paper presented on the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, April 2010.
Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations (select)
Niculescu, A., Tempelaar, D., Dailey-Hebert, A., Segers, M.,& Gijselaers, W. (2014). How Structured Feedback Improves Student Performance and the Shadow Effect of Learning Emotion, International Conference of Motivation, Helsinki, Finland June, 2014.
Niculescu, A., Tempelaar, D., Dailey-Hebert, A., & Gijselaers, W. (2012). Opening Pandora’s Box in the Classroom: How Emotions Play a Role in Achievement Settings, International Conference of Motivation, Frankfurt, Germany, August 2012.
Niculescu, A., & Nijhuis, J. (2011). Is the grass greener abroad? The impact of student adaptation on dropout: local versus foreign students. EARLI Conference, September 2011, Exeter, UK.
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