School of Science Announces New Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Release Date: 
Jan 18 2010


The School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis announced Dr. Kathleen Marrs is the new Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Dr. Marrs is known in the academic community for her efforts in science education and outreach for the university.

As part of her ongoing committment to improving science education, Dr. Marrs is presently the Director of the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship program; Director of UCASE, the Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education; Biology and Pre-Pharm Club advisor; and Associate Professor of Biology.

Marrs is currently leading efforts to educate teachers and students alike through several grant awards from the National Science Foundation and Lilly Endowment. Specifically, she either directs or has been awarded more than $7 million to conduct research and implement programs in STEM education initiatives over the next few years:
•Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship
•The GK-12 Urban Educators Program
•Advance Urban Learning: Robert Noyce Teach Science
•Robert Noyce Summer Internship Program
•Urban Educators: Robert Noyce Scholarship
•The Leadership Collaborative: Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative

“Dr. Marrs is an invaluable faculty member at IUPUI leading efforts to reform science education through providing opportunities for science teachers and young scientists throughout the state,” said Dr. Bart Ng, Dean of the IUPUI School of Science. “She has played an integral role in securing grant awards to continue research and development in science and education, positively impacting our students and the science community as a whole.”

In addition to other grant awards, Marrs participated in a strategic collaboration with other researchers at IUPUI to successfully secure an NSF grant to adapt the Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) method, a renowned program focusing on active learning for science education in high school. As part of the grant award, she helped adapt the program from physics to include biology and other sciences and adademic areas.

“I’m very deeply committed to helping students discover their own potential for success and professional growth and believe that creating community and opportunities to work and practice in a chosen discipline enhances the learning of science,” said Marrs. “I’m excited for this opportunity to continue working with such a talented group of scientists and faculty members to not only improve our local community but to enhance the science community as well.”

For her extensive experience in leading outreach and science education reform in grades K-12, Marrs has earned numerous teaching awards and recognitions including the IUPUI Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the School of Science Teaching Award, and the School of Science Trustees Teaching Award. She is also a member of the Indiana University Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching (FACET) and a Gateway Scholar.

After receiving her B.S. in biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in biological sciences from University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Marrs completed postdoctoral work at Sandoz Agro Biotechnology and at Stanford University. She resides in Zionsville with her husband Jim, an associate professor in Biology at IUPUI, and three children.

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