Clemson’s College of Education names Jeff Marshall chair of teaching and learning department
CLEMSON — Jeff C. Marshall has been named chair of the Clemson University College of Education department of teaching and learning. Marshall previously served as a professor of science education and assistant chair in the department and is the current director of Clemson’s Inquiry in Motion Institute.
Marshall has worked in the college since 2006. He said he is excited to head up the department, where he will continue to focus on professional development for teachers and enhancing the experience of students in the college.
“We have extraordinary faculty with incredible talents that will continue to move our department forward,” Marshall said. “I want to continue to be a resource for faculty while also prioritizing improvement across the department that aides the college in achieving its many goals across the state and beyond.”
Marshall said that in the short term he would like to focus on more successfully and more intentionally marketing the programs in his department to increase enrollment. Marshall said the college will sidestep the nationwide decline in education program enrollment and stand out as an exception in this regard.
Marshall would also like to extend the department’s reputation for academic excellence to its graduate programs. He hopes to eventually concentrate on developing the department’s doctoral program so that it has a stronger presence on the national and international stage.
“What we do works; we know this because the districts and schools that hire our students continue to applaud their excellence,” Marshall said. “We just have to make sure that our prospective students also see the great opportunity that Clemson and our college offers.”
George J. Petersen, founding dean of the College of Education, said Marshall’s track record of success and leadership stretches back to his arrival at Clemson University. He specifically points to Marshall’s work with faculty and other university departments in the development of the Master of Education in teaching and learning online program as one of many examples of his excellence in collaboration.
“Jeff has worked closely with faculty in the areas of teaching, research and service helping to align the work of the department to the college and university strategic plans,” Petersen said. “Jeff is the kind of professional and the kind of person the college needs to represent it at the local and state level regarding important educational initiatives.”
Marshall’s research over the past several years has focused on improving teacher professional development experiences and on improving teacher effectiveness. His last two books provide teachers and leaders with practical yet research-based solutions to many of the challenges confronting today’s classroom teacher. Marshall received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He has published five books, more than 60 articles and given more than 130 presentations in the last 10 years alone. Further, he serves as an educational consultant for numerous school districts, universities and grant projects across the nation.
Marshall received his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in science education from Indiana University, where he also previously earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Marshall earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry education from the University of Central Oklahoma.