Jill Marshall

Jill Marshall

Associate Professor, GSC Chair

STEM Education


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 462E
Monday: By appointment
Tuesday: 10:30-12:00
Wednesday: By appointment
Thursday: 10:30-12:00
Friday: By appointment

(512) 232-9685

(512) 471-8460

Courses of Instruction
Spring 2013:
EDC 365D Classroom Interactions
EDC 365E Project Based Instruction

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Science and Mathematics Education
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712-0382
UT Mail Code: D5705

Full Vita
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Dr. Jill A. Marshall is an associate professor in the Science and Mathematics Education group at the University of Texas. She received her BS in Physics from Stanford University in 1980 and her PhD in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984. She is currently Co-Director of the nationally-recognized UTeach Natural Sciences teacher certification program. She teaches professional development courses for pre-service science and mathematics teachers and graduate courses in Science and Mathematics Education, as well as a course based on Physics by Inquiry that focuses on cognitive and pedagogical issues. Doctoral candidates under her supervision have investigated teachers’ views on equitable science teaching, mathematical modeling of motion, the use of Personal Response Systems in college science classrooms, and the validity of standardized tests in Texas. Her research interests include cognitive issues in learning, teaching and assessing understanding in physical science, as well as gender issues in science, engineering, and technology. She was involved in the design and calibration of particle detectors for use in space for 10 years at Southwest Research Institute before becoming increasingly involved in science outreach and education. She held a position focused on physics education research at Utah State University before returning to her native Texas in 2000. She serves on the Advisory Board for PhysTEC (Physics Teacher Education Coalition). She has been president of the Texas and Utah Sections of the American Association of Physics Teachers, was president of the national AAPT organization in 2012, and currently serves on the Executive Board as Past President. 


PhD Physics, UT Austin, 1984

Representative Publications

Marshall, J.A., & Berland, L. (2012). Developing a vision of engineering education. Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education, 2(2), 36-50.

Marshall, J.A., & Dorward, J.T. (2011). Inquiry Exercises as a Lecture Supplement for Preservice Elementary Teachers and General Education Students in Meltzer, D. and Shaffer, P., Eds, Teacher Education in Physics: Research, Curriculum, and Practice. Melville, NY: American Institute of Physics

Marshall, J.A., Petrosino, A.J. & Martin, H.T. (2010). Pre-service teachers’ conceptions and enactments of Project Based Instruction. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 19(4), 370-386.

Marshall, J.A. & Carrejo, D.C. (2008). Students’ mathematical modeling of motion. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 45(2), 153-173

Marshall, J.A. & Young, E. S. (2006). Pre-service teachers’ theory development in physical and simulated environments. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 43 (9), 907-937



Recent Awards

  • Utah State University College of Science Teacher of the Year, 1997
  • Utah State University President’s Leadership Council Faculty Member of the Year, 1996-9
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, profiled in 5th Edition, 1998.
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, profiled in 7th edition, 2002.

Research Interests and Expertise

Cognitive issues in learning and teaching physical science and astronomy

Gender issues in science and science education

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • American Association of Physics Teachers, Past President
  • Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Past President
  • PhysTEC (Advisory Board Member)
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching
  • Center for Women & Gender Research (Affiliate)