Two SOE Faculty Promoted

Dear SOE community,

I am pleased to announce the promotion of Tamara Marder and Marc Stein to the rank of associate professor effective July 1.

Dr. Marder and Dr. Stein are both doing critical work in areas that have an enormous impact on vulnerable populations in society and that bring distinction to the School of Education. They are highly respected by their colleagues, and we congratulate them on this well-deserved accomplishment.

Dr. Marder, an expert in applied behavior analysis, developed the school’s post-master’s certificate in applied behavior analysis (ABA) for teachers, counselors and administrators seeking to enhance their expertise in working with students with disabilities. The program prepares school personnel to use evidenced-based practices minimizing the gap between research and practice.

Since 2013, Dr. Marder and her colleague, Dr. Laurie deBettencourt, have been awarded seven grants from the Maryland State Department of Education to provide tuition funding for the ABA program and from 2013 to 2015 the Autism Hybrid Graduate Certificate.

Dr. Stein, an expert on school choice, has investigated the instructional practices of charter public schools, parent involvement in charter public schools, and the effect of choice on student sorting in schools by race and academic achievement. He also conducts research on summer learning loss and its effects on student academic outcomes.

He is an affiliated faculty member with the Baltimore Education Research Consortium, which is a partnership between Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University and the Baltimore City Public Schools. With BERC, he is conducting studies in Baltimore City on the relationship between transportation and student attendance, chronic absenteeism and using improvement science in partnership with school faculty and administrators to address persistent instructional and organizational problems.

His work has appeared in journals such as Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis; the American Journal of Education; Urban Education; and Education and Urban Society.

So, again, please join me in congratulating these two outstanding scholars.


Mariale Hardiman, EdD
Interim Dean