Kathleen A. Marrs, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology in the School of Science at IUPUI, has been named the interim executive associate dean (EAD) of the IUPUI Honors College. Marrs has worked with the Division of Undergraduate Education in some capacity throughout the years and will bring years of experience to the position.
Marrs has served in various administrative roles on campus, including as associate dean for academic affairs, the director of the Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education, and director of the IUPUI Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship, now known as The Institute for Citizens & Scholars. She is also the faculty advisor for the Undergraduate Women in Science (UWIS) Council and Women4Change Indiana @ IUPUI.
Outside of IUPUI, she is active within the community, serving on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and Women4Change Indiana. Nationally, she serves as a Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE) fellow while working as a co-investigator on a multi-institute National Science Foundation Research Coordinated Networks for Undergraduate Biology Education with PULSE colleagues.
As the interim executive associate dean, Marrs will serve hundreds of diverse, high-ability undergraduate students by supporting and challenging them with innovative curricular and co-curricular experiences. She also will shape the Honors College’s programs, furthering its mission and vision, and ensuring the advancement of its impact.
Kristy Sheeler, the previous executive associate dean of IUPUI Honors College and current interim associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education, announced Marrs’ appointment.