Dr. Mari Koerner received her Ph.D.
from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Curriculum and
Instruction. An English Literature major in College, she began
her career in education when she became a second grade teacher on
the West side of Chicago. She has held faculty and
administrative positions at Roosevelt University in Chicago and the
University of Massachusetts Boston. She was appointed Professor in
and Dean of the College of Teacher Education and Leadership at
Arizona State University’s West Campus in July, 2006 and,
after the combination of three colleges of education at ASU, she was
appointed Dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in 2010,
currently ranked as 14th in the U.S. News & World
Report She stepped down from that position and is currently
the Alice Wiley Snell Professor of Eduaction and Director
of the Center for the Art and Science of Teaching.
Dr. Koerner has reached out to the national professional community by publishing in professional education journals and by presenting at major education conferences regarding teacher preparation. Dr. Koerner has been either Principal Investigator or Co-director of many grant funded programs; including, a Teacher Quality Partnership Grant for $11.5M in 2014 for reforming MLFTC’s teacher prep programs to include methodologies in math and science for English Language Learners and a Kellogg Foundation Award to integrate community knowledge into the yearlong residency, iTeachAZ.
Dr. Koerner serves on four Boards: Rodel Foundation, Phoenix Teach for America, Desert Botanical Gardens, and the Arizona Business and Education Council. Often asked to serve on national and local panels and review boards, she testified before the United States Senate’s committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in 2013 about the implementation of a $35M Teacher Quality Program grant and the subsequent innovations in MLFTC’s undergraduate teacher preparation program, iTeach AZ.
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