Originally from Chapel Hill, NC, Marissa attended a small liberal arts undergraduate institution, Davidson College near Charlotte, where she discovered how impactful good teaching can be. After graduating, Marissa went to The Ohio State University where she received her master's and doctoral degrees in biological anthropology and archaeology. As a graduate student, she taught courses that spanned the breadth of anthropology, including in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology. Her academic research examines the biological evidence for social inequality and how differences in life could affect burial behavior in medieval Italy. While finishing her doctoral dissertation, she worked at the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching at OSU as a Graduate Consultant where she gained experience training, consulting with, and developing resources for university instructors, particularly for graduate students. Her interest in providing resources for graduate students has led her to this position as the Assistant Director for Graduate Programs at the TLTC. In the TLTC, Marissa is in charge of developing programming and support systems for the graduate and professional students at UMD. She plans and facilitates a variety of programs for graduate students, including the graduate student teaching orientation, teaching portfolio retreats, and teaching workshops.
Assistant Director for Graduate Programs