Dr. Marek earned her MA (1995) and PhD (1998) in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at KSU in 2005, she taught at St. Michael's College in Vermont and at Anderson College in South Carolina. She has consistently encouraged highly-skilled students to become involved in research by actually implementing their own proposals from Experimental Psychology in the context of a subsequent directed study experience and to become involved in teaching via undergraduate teaching assistantships. Given her focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, Dr. Marek is now serving as an associate editor for Teaching of Psychology, in which she has previously published several articles. She regularly participates in presentations at teaching-related conferences, such as the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology and the Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology.
Additionally, she has published a chapter about writing in psychology, invited book reviews in PsycCRITIQUES, an online compendium of introductory psychology texts, and a test bank and an instructor's manual to accompany an introductory psychology textbook. She also has prepared introductory material for several experiments incorporated into the American Psychological Association's Online Psychology Laboratory. In conjunction with students and colleagues, she has published research related to materialistic values, affluence cues, and the work ethic, in journals including Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, and Individual Differences Research.
Dr. Marek is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Southeastern Psychological Association. She has regularly participated in nationwide grading of Advanced Placement examinations in Psychology and has worked with the Educational Testing Service to develop a core curriculum survey related to updating the standardized Major Field Test in Psychology. She is currently serving on the Psychology Department’s assessment committee and is co-coordinator of the Research Sequence.