Department of Biology
Biology Faculty Profile
Pat Marsteller, Emerita
Professor of Practice
Office Phone: 404-727-9696 | Office Room: Rollins 1101


Ph.D., University of Florida, 1985
M.S., University of South Carolina, 1978
B.S., University of Maryland, 1969

Dr. Marsteller was appointed to the Emory faculty in 1990 as Senior Lecturer in Biology and Director of HHMI Initiatives. She directed the Emory College Center for Science Education from 1997- 2016. Her academic work includes promoting access, interest and participation in science careers. She has focused on improving science literacy and providing hands-on research for undergraduates and curriculum development experiences for graduate students and faculty. She has developed programs that focus on attracting and retaining underrepresented students, women and minorities in careers in science.  She initiated the Summer Undergraduate Research at Emory (SURE) program in 1990 and the Hughes Undergraduates Excelling in Science (HUES) program in 1995.  In the 90s Pat cochaired the student concerns committee, and then chaired the faculty committee and then was the chair of the Emory President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities.  She was one of the cofounders of the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology major and one of the leads on the NSF Center for Behavioral Neuroscience.  

She is currently working with the Emory IMSD grant and with several case-based learning consortia.  Pat was one of the three cofounders of Emory’s IMSD program. Professor Marsteller has a national reputation for faculty development and diversity work.  She is currently Chair Emeritus of the AAAS section on education and one of the members of Committee on Science & Technology Engagement with the Public (CoSTEP). This AAAS board- appointed committee supports AAAS’ mission to “advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.” The committee’s work aims to support such AAAS strategic goals as enhancing communication among scientists, engineers and the public; providing a voice for science on societal issues; and increasing public engagement with science and technology. She is co-chair of the Diversity Inclusion Equity and Social justice working group of the Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN). Professor Marsteller received the George P. Cuttino Award for Excellence in Mentoring, the Delores P. Aldridge Multicultural Award for Mentoring, and the Partners in Education Award for community service.

Professor Marsteller plans to continue her work with BioQUEST and AAAS.  She plans to remain involved in Diversity, Inclusion and Equity programs and faculty development.  Pat will be leading several national efforts that focus on Social Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in STEM.  She is working with BioQUEST/Qubes on integrating open pedagogy, open education resources and social justice in biology and math curricula. She is working with the national network ASCN leading efforts to change policies and practices at the institutional, faculty and student levels

Other faculty and curriculum developments will include continued work with
She is also working with a group on High Throuput data cases
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