Associate Director, Undergraduate Programs
Marina oversees the Center's undergraduate programming, runs the faculty workshop series, and serves as a lead in program evaluation projects. She also teaches the Gateway Science Workshop program's facilitator training course and is a capstone project adviser in Northwestern's Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program. She joined the staff in 2003.
Before joining the Center, Marina taught courses in intercultural communication, multicultural education, and educational research methods. Outside of higher education, she worked for nearly ten years as a writer and editor, specializing in employee education and workforce diversity. Her recent research projects address student approaches to learning, learning-group dynamics, and experiences of underrepresented students in higher education.
Marina holds an M.A. in communication and a Ph.D. in education, both from the University of Minnesota.
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Evanston, IL 60208
Drane, D., Micari, M., & Light, G. (2014). Students as teachers: Effectiveness of a peer-led STEM learning program over 10 years. Educational Research and Evaluation. DOI 10.1080/13803611.2014.895388. View publication.
Light, G., & Micari, M. (2013). Making scientists: Six principles for effective college teaching. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. View publication.
Micari, M., & Pazos, P. (2012). Connecting to the professor: Impact of the student-faculty relationship in a highly challenging course. College Teaching, 60(2), 41-47. View publication.
Micari, M., & Drane, D. (2011). Intimidation in small learning groups: The roles of social-comparison concern, comfort, and individual characteristics in student academic outcomes. Active Learning in Higher Education, 12, 175–187. View publication.
Calkins, S., & Micari, M. (2010). Less-Than-Perfect Judges: Forty years of discourse on the value of students rating teachers in higher education. Thought and Action, 26, 7–22. View publication.
Micari, M., Knife Gould, A., & Lainez, L. (2010). Becoming a leader along the way: Embedding leadership training into a large-scale peer-learning program in the STEM disciplines. Journal of College Student Development, 51(2), 218-230. View publication.
Micari, M., Pazos, P., Streitwieser, B., & Light, G. (2010). Small-group learning in undergraduate STEM disciplines: Effect of group type on student achievement. Educational Research and Evaluation, 16(3), 269-286. View publication.
Pazos, P., Micari, M., & Light, G. (2010). Developing an instrument to characterize peer-led groups in collaborative learning environments: Assessing problem-solving approach and group interaction. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 35(2), 191-208. View publication.
Micari, M., & Light, G. (2009). Reliance to Independence: Approaches to learning in peer-led undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workshops. International Journal of Science Education, 31(13), 1713–1741. View publication.
Micari, M., & Drane, D. (2007). Promoting success: Possible factors behind achievement of underrepresented students in a peer-led small group STEM workshop program. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 13(3), 279–293. View publication.
Micari, M., Light, G., Calkins, S., & Streitwieser, B. (2007). Assessment beyond performance: Phenomenography in educational evaluation. American Journal of Evaluation, 28(4), 458–476. View publication.
Micari, M., Pazos, P., & Hartmann, M. (2007). A matter of confidence: Gender differences in attitudes toward engaging in lab and course work in undergraduate engineering. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering,13(3), 295–315. View publication.