Kathleen A. Marrs, Ph.D.
My faculty area of excellence is in teaching, and I work throughout campus on discipline-based education research (DBER) initiatives. I frame my philosophy and approach to teaching around High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs), active learning practices that have a strong basis in research about student learning and are known benefit college students from across backgrounds (learning communities, authentic undergraduate research, and capstone courses). I design classroom and lab experiences based on Scientific Teaching, an evidence-based approach to instructional design that actively engages all students in the process of science, as well as Vision & Change in Undergraduate Biology, a framework that incorporates teaching exciting new developments in biology integrated with what we know about how people learn. A successful strategy to increase student involvement in research is accomplished through Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) we have developed for gateway biology courses. CUREs integrate research skills and practices into the course curriculum, providing a large number of students the opportunity to engage in authentic research in the classroom and labs, becoming involved in discovery, collaboration, iteration, and pursuit of broadly relevant or important work related to areas of faculty research in the department.
|1993–1995||Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA||Postdoctoral Fellowship|
|1991–1993||Sandoz Agro Biotechnology, Palo Alto, CA||Postdoctoral Fellowship|
|1985–1990||University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL||Ph.D. Biological Sciences|
|1980–1984||Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL||B.A. Biology|
|2023–Present||Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, IUPUI|
|2021–2022||Interim Executive Associate Dean, IUPUI Honors College|
|2009–2020||Director of the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship program at IUPUI|
|2009–2015||Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Science, IUPUI|