prof. dr. M.F. (Marieke) van der Schaaf

prof. dr. M.F. (Marieke) van der Schaaf

Full Professor
prof. dr. M.F. (Marieke) van der Schaaf
  • Utrecht Center for Research and Development of Health Professions Education



Marieke van der Schaaf, PhD, is full professor of Research and Development of Health Professions Education at University Medical Center Utrecht and a researcher at the department of Education at Utrecht University. She is director of the Center for Research and Development of Education at the Education Center at University Medical Center Utrecht and the former director of the master programme Educational Sciences (2012-2017).

After her study Educational Sciences (1993-1997, cum laude), she was appointed as a researcher, lecturer and course coordinator at the Department of Education, Utrecht University. Her PhD-study concerned the construct validity of teacher portfolio assessment (2000-2005, cum laude, awarded). Besides she led several research projects on educational innovations and performance assessments in secondary education, vocational education, higher education and medical education.

She has been a teacher and coordinator in several courses in undergraduate school, academic master and research master of educational sciences at Utrecht University since 2000, where she also chairs the board of examinations. In particular, she is responsible for courses on topics of assessment and evaluation.

Marieke earned several research grants for projects about performance assessment, feedback, teacher expertise development and digital assessment in medical education. She has been a supervisor of several PhD-students in these themes.
She publishes and presents her work in international journals and at international conferences and frequently serves as a reviewer for international peer-reviewed journals, conferences and grants.

Her research focuses on quality improvement of formative and summative assessments. In particular, she studies how assessment can stimulate professionals’ learning.



1993-1994 ‘Gammapropaedeuse’ Faculty of Social Sciences Utrecht University, with honors

1994-1997 Master Educational Sciences Utrecht University, with honors

2000-2005 Dissertation Educational Sciences Utrecht University, with honors. Title: Construct validation of teacher portfolio assessment. Procedures for improvingteacher competence assessment illustrated by teaching students research skills.Promotores: prof. dr. K. Stokking and prof. dr. N. Verloop.                           

Work experience

1994-1997 Research assistant Process Management Secondary Education, The Hague

1995-1996 Research assistant ‘Onderwijsinspectie’, The Meern

1995-1997 Research assistant of several educational research projects, Utrecht University

1998-2002 Junior Researcher, The Langeveld Institute for Research, Utrecht University working on the research project ‘Assessment of students’ research skills’ (NWO-PROO 1998-2000) and six ‘third stream’ research projects.

2003-2005 Junior Researcher and Lecturer, Educational Sciences, Utrecht University

2005 Basic University teaching qualification

2006 Assistant Professor, Educational Sciences, Utrecht University

2012 Senior University teaching qualification

2012 Associate Professor, Department of Education, Utrecht University

2012 Coordinator master program Educational Design and Consultancy

Public CV Marieke van der Schaaf

Side Activities

  • Lid Raad van Toezicht CVO Scholengroep, Zuid-Oost Utrecht
  • Guest, Utrecht University
  • Lidmaatschap Klankbordgroep ZonMW


Research Output (157)

Developing entrustable professional activities for university teachers in the health professions

van Bruggen-Taverne Lisette, van Dijk Esther, van der Schaaf Marieke, Kluijtmans Manon, ten Cate Olle 12 nov 2021, In: Medical Teacher. p. 1-9 9 p.

Health professions education in times of societal challenges: Acting at the agora

van der Schaaf Marieke, Prakken Berent , van Geelen SM 3 sep 2021, In: European Journal of University Lifelong Learning. 5 , p. 7-14 7 p.

Expertise development of university teachers in different teacher tasks: A multiple-case study

van Dijk Esther, van Tartwijk Jan, van der Schaaf Marieke, Kluijtmans Manon 23 aug 2021,

What makes a good teacher? A practice-based conceptualization of university teacher expertise and comparison to core practices from primary and secondary education

van Dijk Esther, van Tartwijk Jan, van der Schaaf Marieke, Kluijtmans Manon 23 aug 2021,

EPA-based assessment:Clinical teachers’ challenges when transitioning to a prospective entrustment-supervision scale

Postmes Lieselotte, Tammer Femke, Posthumus Indra, Wijnen-Meijer Marjo, van der Schaaf Marieke, ten Cate Olle 3 apr 2021, In: Medical Teacher. 43 , p. 404-410 7 p.

When I say ... attitude

Valbuena Gustavo, van der Schaaf Marieke, O'Sullivan Patricia, O'Brien Bridget 20 feb 2021, In: Medical Education. 55 , p. 892-893 2 p.

Exploration of Individual and System-Level Well-being Initiatives at an Academic Surgical Residency Program:A Mixed-Methods Study

Lebares Carter C, Greenberg Anya L, Ascher Nancy L, Delucchi Kevin L, Reilly Linda M, van der Schaaf Marieke, Baathe Fredrik, O'Sullivan Patricia, Isaksson Rø Karin 6 jan 2021, In: JAMA network open. 4 12 p.

The Westerveld framework for interprofessional feedback dialogues in health professions education

Tielemans Claudia, de Kleijn Renske, van der Schaaf Marieke, van den Broek Sjoukje, Westerveld Tineke 2021, In: Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education.

What makes an expert university teacher? A systematic review and synthesis of frameworks for teacher expertise in higher education

van Dijk Esther E., van Tartwijk Jan, van der Schaaf Marieke F., Kluijtmans Manon 13 okt 2020, In: Educational Research Review. 31

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