||B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University; M.A., University of Southern Indiana; Ph.D., Indiana University
Marlissa Hughes Stauffer, Assistant Professor of Education, joined Ohio Dominican University as a full-time faculty in the fall of 2008. She is the program coordinator for the Adolescence-to-Young-Adult Education program, teaches foundations of education courses, and teaches in the Master of Education program. Prior to teaching at the college level at the University of Southern Indiana and now ODU, she taught English and debate for 11 years at North High School in Evansville, Ind. For six of those years, she taught Biblical Literature and World Religions' Literature at the Signature School. During her time as a high school teacher, Dr. Stauffer was awarded the Armstrong Teacher Award from Indiana University, was a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education Teacher Recognition Awardee, Presidential Scholars Program, and was named an Indianapolis Star / Indiana Department of Education Academic Mentor.
Dr. Stauffer's research interests all relate to teacher learning - how a pre-service teacher learns to teach, how practicing teachers learn to use a new method (particularly project-based learning methods), and how teachers learn to take on new roles as leaders within their schools. In addition, she is interested in an historic look at teacher diaries as a means of accessing teacher learning.
In 2011, Dr. Stauffer and
two colleagues received a grant from the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) Improving
Teacher Quality State Grants Program for their study, “Preparing Teachers for the 21st century:
Implementing Common Core Math Standards through Project-based Learning.” They
were again awarded the grant in 2012 and 2013. All together they received
more than $250,000 to develop Ohio teachers’ ability to teach using the
project-based learning methodology.
Dr. Stauffer holds a Bachelor of Art in English/Secondary Education from Indiana Wesleyan University, a M.A. in Secondary Education from University of Southern Indiana, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in Curriculum and Instruction, with emphases in Teacher Education, the History of Education and Education Policy Studies.