Dr. Mari Koerner
Arizona State University
Dr. Mari Koerner received her PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 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 as a professor and as the dean of the College of Teacher Education and Leadership at Arizona State University’s West campus in July 2006 and, after the merging of the three colleges of education at ASU, she was appointed dean of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in 2010, ranked 17th among the nation’s top education graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report 2016.
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 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 student teaching 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 the iTeach AZ undergraduate teacher preparation program at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.