Marilyn E. Strutchens, Ph.D., was appointed Interim Head of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in Auburn University’s College of Education on July 1, 2020, with the position officially starting on July 27. Dr. Strutchens is an Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor, and Mildred Cheshire Fraley Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching for the past 20 years.
Her leadership in Alabama includes serving as a PI for the AMSTI-AU site (2007 – Present). She is also on the leadership team for the Strategic Taskforce to Accelerate Mathematics Pathways (STAMP) which consists of a dozen individuals from across educational levels and stakeholder groups, convened by an 8-person leadership team that applied to the Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) to be a part of the initiative. STAMP will devise a comprehensive plan to increase student achievement in mathematics in Alabama in order to support their future success. This will include a plan for effectively communicating the task force’s results to the broader community and funding models that could be used to support its recommendations.
In addition, Strutchens served as a content reviewer for the 2019 Mathematics Alabama Course of Study. She was also a member of the writing team for the 2017 Alabama Strategic Mathematics Planning Committee Recommendations for Improving Alabama’s Mathematics Education. She was the Co-Director and Co-PI for Transforming East Alabama Mathematics (TEAM-Math) from 2003 – 2018, which involved several grants related to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics in East Alabama.
Nationally, Strutchens is the leader of the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership’s Clinical Experiences Research Action Cluster, the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources, and an Advisory Board-Member for the AAAS initiative — Stimulating Research and Innovation in STEM Teacher Preservice Education, funded by the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships Program. She was a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors (2015 -2018), a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences (2012 -2014) and president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators [AMTE] (2011 – 2013). She received AMTE’s Judith Jacobs Lectureship in 2017.