Jill Marshall

Jill Marshall

Associate Professor
Curriculum & Instruction

STEM Education


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 340D

(512) 232-9685

Courses of Instruction
EDC 365D Classroom Interactions (UTeach)
EDC 365E Project Based Instruction (UTeach)
SCI 360-4 Physics by Inquiry
STM 386 Curriculum and Instruction
PHY 108 Introduction to Research

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
STEM Education
1 University Station D5700
Austin, Texas 78712
UT Mail Code: D5700

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 Associate Co-Director of the nationally-recognized UTeach secondary STEM teacher certification program. She teaches professional development courses for pre-service science, engineering, and mathematics teachers and graduate courses in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) 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 STEM, 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 and served as president of the national AAPT in 2012.


Research Interests and Expertise

My background is in physics and my primary research interest is physics, physical science, and engineering education, particularly student understanding and development of mathematical and physical models. I also have a strong research focus in secondary teacher preparation in STEM and expertise in teacher development in STEM, especially the nationally recognized UTeach model.

Current Major Research Projects and Grants

I am currently coordinating with colleagues in the Jackson School of Geosciences and the Cockrell School of Engineering to evaluate the incorporation of modeling and design activities into STEM curriculum and teacher preparation.

Grant Awards

Improving Retention in Engineering by Incorporating Applications into Freshman Calculus (NSF DUE, 1317310)- Evaluator

Multiphysics research and education for understanding coupled mechanical?biogechemical surface?subsurface processes (Bayani Cardenas, PI) National Science Foundation CAREER Grant (EAR-0955750) - Education Coordinator

Boards, Committees and Associations

STEM Education Graduate Studies Chair

UTeach Associate Co-Director

American Association of Physics Teachers, Past President

Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) Advisory Board


B.S. Physics, with honors, Stanford University, 1980