Kathleen Marrs, Ph.D.

Executive Summary

An accomplished business executive and educational professional with 10+ years of experience as a corporate controller and 15+ years as an online adjunct professor teaching courses in informational technology and accounting. Possess extensive experience in course and discussion board facilitation as well as in application of instructional design principles that support cultural and learning style diversity.

Core Competencies

  • Student-centered, retention-focused, performance-driven, and success-oriented
  • Responsive, flexible, available, approachable, adaptive to change, and thrive under pressure
  • Equally adept at working independently and collaboratively
  • Consistently meet and frequently exceed expectations
  • Provide students with substantive personalized feedback that is comprehensive and timely
  • Well-versed in ADA, FERPA, and copyright law and familiar with CCSS and NGSS educational standards

Proficiencies and Technical Skills

  • LMS and Productivity: Blackboard, eCollege, WebCT, Moodle, and MS Office Professional
  • Web Design: Dreamweaver, WordPress, HTML5, XML, CSS, JavaScript, ActionScript, PHP, and MySQL
  • Graphic Design and Multimedia: Flash, Photoshop, Fireworks, and QuickTime
  • Statistics and Analytics: SPSS, NVivo, Tableau, and currently learning the R and Python languages

Education and Certifications

Nova Southeastern University

Business Intelligence/Data Analytics Courses Completed

Capstone in Business Intelligence

This capstone project requires students to employ the knowledge and skills assimilated in the prerequisite courses to design and develop a business intelligence application that leads to direct and measurable value for an organization.

Data Mining

This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts and techniques of data mining. Concepts will be illustrated with case studies of real data mining examples. The focus is to find knowledge from huge amounts of data being handled electronically. Students will gain hands on experience using data mining tools on real data. Necessary background concepts in statistics and programming will be provided.

Data Warehousing

This course includes the various factors involved in developing data warehouses and data marts: planning, design, implementation, and evaluation; review of vendor data warehouse products; cases involving contemporary implementations in business, government, and industry; techniques for maximizing effectiveness through OLAP and data mining.

Fundamentals of Analytics and Business Intelligence

This course examines concepts and methods central to analytics and business intelligence systems. The focus is on the application of management science and artificial intelligence techniques for prescriptive and predictive analytics. Case studies of existing systems are used to reinforce concepts discussed in class. A major component of the course is a project entailing the design, implementation, and evaluation of prototype systems for business intelligence applications.

Systems Analysis & Design

Analysis of requirements for information systems. Elicitation/fact-finding, problem analysis, decomposition, and the requirements document. Concepts, methods, techniques, and tools for systems analysis, modeling and simulation, and prototyping. Structured and object-oriented analysis. Role of the systems analyst in the organization. Gaining user commitment and fulfilling user needs. Concepts, tools, and techniques for systems design. Design principles, quality factors, decomposition of complex systems, and modularization techniques. Design methods such as object-oriented and function-oriented design. Comparison of analysis and design techniques.

Information Privacy and Ethics

Building on a foundation in classical ethics, we examine the impact of the computer and the Internet on our society. Topics include ethical decision making; professional codes; whistle-blowing; computer crime; copyrights, patents and intellectual property; privacy; and risk management. Students analyze case studies and write a research paper.

Information Security Management

Provides an understanding to implement effectively the information security vision and strategy set forth by the executive management. The emphasis will be on the management of an information security program. Focus is on the implementation of information security policy, information security planning, development of information security processes, and establishment of information security measures. Concepts and techniques from the management and organizational behavior disciplines will be integrated in order to identify and propose solutions to the problems of information security administration.

Fundamentals of Security Technology

An overview of the technical aspects of information security. Issues discussed include authentication, confidentiality, access control, trust and non-repudiation. Investigation of fundamental assurance technologies that can be applied to interface specifications, architectures, and implementations of information security mechanisms. The selection of appropriate security applications, security lifecycles, and interoperability issues will also be covered. Students who do not have prior exposure to computer networking are recommended to take MMIS 653, Telecommunications and Computer Networking, prior to taking this course.

Social Media

Students will explore key issues in social media technologies. Topics may include the value of social media for distributed education, current and future trends in social software, delivering content using specific applications (blogs, wikis, podcasts, webcasts, etc.), the impact of social media tools to transform teaching and learning, issues of course design to support learner engagement, and online social media use in distributed and mobile environments.


This course examines the foundation, operation, and implications of the Internet economy. Topics include Internet technologies, online market mechanisms, interactive customers, knowledge-based products, smart physical products and services, pricing in the Internet economy, online auctions and e-marketplaces, digital governance, policies for the Internet economy and an outlook for the new economy.

Nova Southeastern University
Nova Southeastern University

Educational Specialist Courses Completed


The course explores research trends in the area of online learning. Students will explore the requirements needed for successful online learning and teaching. Topics inlude the process of teaching and learning in an online learning environment (OLE), evaluating effective courseware and online communications technologies, integration of technology into OLEs, working with online classroom dynamics, addressing the needs of the online student, making the transition to online teaching, promoting the development of an online learning community, comparing Learning Management Systems, and investigating emerging trends in e-learning and e-training industry settings.

Database Systems

Theory and principles of databases and their management. Selected topics in design, implementation, and applications of traditional and nontraditional database systems for various types of data management. Current issues, trends, future directions, applications, and research topics in the areas will be explored.

Research Methodology

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory and use of qualitative and quantitative methods in educational and professional settings. Emphasis on application level experiences such as identifying and developing research problems appropriate for qualitative investigation, study design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of findings.

Learning Designs

The goal of this course is to help students develop design competencies that are appropriate for the development of e-learning products. Students will experience both theory and best practices from the areas of education and training and will apply design concepts, principles, and procedures to create and e-learning artifact.

Human-Computer Interaction

Issues relating to effective HCI are presented. Design elements, procedures, tools, and environments contributing to the management of successful user interfaces are examined. Other topics include current and projected developments in HCI research related to information systems.

Instruction Delivery Systems

This course provides opportunity for social, creative, and innovative exploration and development in teaching and learning in the 21st century. Course content combines theory, design, development, delivery, tests and measurement. Synchronous and asynchronous delivery systems in buildings and in cyberspace will enable the best possible matches between societal needs and instruction delivery. The purpose of the course is to reengineer education to meet the needs of society, to experiment with multiple technologies to devise the best possible learning experiences for learners of all ages.

Computer Networks

Recent advances and trends in data communication and computer network research are explored with a focus on design and analysis. Topics include network structure, protocols, layering, wireless communication, ad-hoc and mobile networking, resource discovery and management, and network management.

Instruction Design and Development

A systematic instructional design process will be used to solve a real-world instructional problem. Students will identify an instructional problem, goal and learning objectives. They will use appropriate technologies to develop an instructional solution. Evaluation plans will be developed.

Nova Southeastern University

M.S. in Computing Technology in Education Courses Completed

Masters Project in Computing Technology in Education

Students identify a significant cognitive domain computer-based technology problem, decompose it and analyze sub-problems. Students will apply the appropriate research methodology and identify the goal or work that will be accomplished, the anticipated outcomes, and develop a proposal the describes the tasks to be performed. Upon approval of the proposed project, student will implement the research design and report their findings.

Survey of Courseware

State-of-the-art, content-rich courseware, across the grades, subjects, and platforms, will be explored and evaluated for educational value. Methods for integrating these programs into the curriculum will be discussed. Tutorials, drill and practice, instructional games, simulations, tests, and reference programs are included.

Courseware Design and Development

Using a systematic instructional design process, students will create interactive, media-enhanced courseware. Students will identify an instructional problem, goal, and learning objectives. They will apply instructional strategies that will help learners achieve the objectives and use an authoring system or state-of-the-art visual programming language to develop and deliver the courseware.Students will also design and implement alpha and beta tests to evaluate the courseware.

Research Methodology

This course is a basic, cross-disciplinary introduction to research planning and design. Students will be guided from problem selection to completed research report with concrete examples and practical, how-to suggestions. Close attention is paid to quantitative, qualitative, and mix-methods research approaches.

Learning Theory & Computer Applications

Students will explore the intersection of learning theory and technology by investigating how learning technologies can be used to facilitate effective online learning environments with learners of all ages, in all settings.

Human-Computer Interaction

Techniques facilitating effective human-computer interaction are presented. Basic elements, procedures, tools, and environments contributing to the development of a successful user interface are explored. Design principles, guidelines, and methodologies for building, installing, managing, interactive systems that optimize user productivity are reviewed. Topics include the multidisciplinary dynamics of human-computer interaction, current and projected developments in HCI research, usability engineering, computer-supported cooperative work, and strategies for implementing and evaluating human-computer dialogues.

Web Design Technologies

A hands-on introduction to a variety of technologies involved in the design, development, and implementation of websites. Topics include XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, XML, Flash, PHP and back-end databases. Emerging technologies will also be explored.

Online Learning Environments

The course explores research trends in the area of online learning. Student will explore the requirements needed for successful online learning and teaching. Topics investigated may include the process of teaching and learning in an OLE, evaluating effective courseware and online communications technologies, integration of technologies into OLEs, working with online classroom dynamics, addressing the needs of the online student, making the transition to online teaching, promoting the development of an online learning community, comparing Learning Management Systems (LMSs), and investigating emerging trends in e-learning and e-training in industry settings.

Computer Networks

Recent advances and new applications in the expanding field of telecommunications and computer networks are examined. Strategies, tools, and techniques for network planning, implementation, management, maintenance, and security are delineated. Topics include ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode), SONET/SDH, (Synchronous Optical Network/Synchronous Digital Hierarchy), Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) Reference Model, transmission media, second-generation and third-generation wireless networks, network topologies, network protocols, and network performance. Trends in standardization, internetworking, and the development of optical networks; WLANs (Wireless Local Area Networks), WMANs (Wireless Metropolitan Networks), and WWANs (Wireless Wide Area Networks); and residential networking solutions that feature cable, DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), powerline, and satellite technologies are examined.

Educational Database Systems

Techniques for determining database requirements and managing organizational data resources are examined. Strategies for designing database management systems applications that satisfy specific requirements are presented. Components and architecture of the relational data model are analyzed. Methods for creating and implementing object-oriented information systems are explored. Topics include object-oriented languages, the user interface, databases and expert systems, distributed computing, and the advantages and drawbacks of commercially available DBMS tools and products.

Multimedia Authoring Systems

The goal of this course is to provide the student with both the practical application and theoretical background necessary to author computer-based products to promote learning. The student will examine applicable standards and the basics of multimedia instructional design.

Instructional Systems Design

This course provides opportunity for independent [and collaborative], creative, innovative exploration and development in teaching and learning in the Age of Communications. Course content combines experiential learning based in the asynchronous student forum with related scholarly pursuit. Synchronous and asynchronous delivery systems in buildings and in cyberspace will enable the best possible matches between societal needs and instruction delivery. The purpose of this course is to reengineer education to meet the needs of society, to use any and all technology to devise the best possible learning experiences for learners of all ages.

Certified Computer Technician
Passed all parts on first attempt
State of Michigan
Davenport University

Teaching Experience

Part-Time Instructor
Online Adjunct
Baker College Online
Online Professor
Kaplan University
Online Adjunct
South University
Part-Time Instructor
Part-Time Instructor

Entrepreneurial, Management, and Accounting Experience

Marrs and Beyond
Controller (Temporary)
Arbor Research
Quality Container
Hop-In Michigan
Abso-Clean Chemical
Several CPA Firms

Teaching Accomplishments

Subjects Taught

collegeACC100 Fundamentals of Accounting
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of double-entry accounting systems and procedures. Emphasis is placed on recording business transactions, preparing adjusting and closing entries, as well as preparing financial statements. This class is designed for the non-accounting major or for students who desire a solid foundation for future accounting studies.
accountingACC111 and ACC122 Accounting Principles 1 and II
These are introductory courses in accounting principles and theory with emphasis on the accounting cycle, recording, and valuation of assets and current liabilities, financial reporting and an introduction to accounting systems and controls. Students will also perform financial analysis, which will include assessing a company’s ability to pay off its current liabilities. The courses must be taken in order over two semesters but not consecutively.
Baker College Online
managerialACC221 and ACC222 Managerial Accounting
These courses emphasize managerial and cost accounting skills. Emphasis is on managerial accounting concepts for external and internal analysis, reporting, and decision-making. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze and interpret transactions relating to managerial concepts including product-costing systems. Together, the courses are designed to develop an appreciation for the uses of cost information in the administration and control of business organizations. Emphasis is on how accounting data can be interpreted and used by management in planning and controlling business activities. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze and interpret cost information and present this information in a form that is usable by management. The courses must be taken in order over two semesters but not consecutively.
conceptsACC241 Accounting Concepts
Completes the study of financial and managerial accounting fundamentals. Coverage includes a detail review of the accounting cycle, financial statement preparation, statement of cash flows, and detailed coverage of long-term liabilities and equity. Also, managerial topics of standard costing and activity-based costing are covered.
dreamweaverIT245 Website Development
Students will learn how to create and manage web sites, build rich interactive interfaces, incorporate graphics, text, and video, and use Photoshop Smart Objects.
IT250 Enhancing Websites with PHP
This course covers web development using PHP. Students will learn how to display dynamic content using forms. Students will access databases and learn how to display data on a webpage.

ITS2111 Multimedia Web Development
This course provides a basic understanding of the methods and techniques of developing a simple to moderately complex website. Using the current standard web page language, students will be instructed on creating and maintaining a website. After the foundation language has been established, the aid of an Internet editor will be introduced. A second web-based language will be included to further enhance the websites.

ITS4112 Web Programming
This course will introduce industry standard programming languages including PHP and MySQL to develop or manage web applications. Error and exception handling techniques, stored procedures and functions, concurrency issues, etc will be addressed.
IT247 Fundamentals of Web Graphics
Students will learn how to create appropriate web graphics using popular image editing tools. Throughout the course, they will create a collection of custom graphics that will be displayed in an e-portfolio layout. Topics will include resizing, resolution, optimization, digital photo enhancement, custom banner and button creation, and more.
IT373 Introduction to Multimedia Using Adobe Flash
Students will learn how to design Flash projects with sophisticated animation, import video and sound files, and integrate buttons with compelling interactivity using ActionScript 3.0. Powerful features such as the new Motion Editor, inverse kinematics, and support for 3D will make developing your Flash sites fast, easy, and fun.
ITS4110 Digital Audio and Imaging for Multimedia and Web
This course examines the use of audio, video and other digital media as corporate, educational and personal communication. You will configure and apply a number of compression techniques and file formats to different media, and evaluate the effective use of digital media. You will also publish your course project to the Web.
IT310 Data Structures and Algorithms
This course teaches students how to create data structures and algorithms using proper programming techniques. The course uses an object-oriented programming language to apply concepts such as linked lists, recursion, searching and sorting, binary, search, trees, and graphs. The program design process and program implementation involving multiple modules, verification of program correctness and abstract data types are also stressed.
IT490 Multimedia Scripting
Students will learn to use the ActionScript programming language to create powerful, compelling, and highly interactive digital content for the Web. The course focuses on teaching students how to use and write functions, understanding classes, the use of text and arrays, advanced graphics and animation tools, working with multimedia, and adding advanced interactivity. Students will work step-by-step through various scripts to create animation control for real-world interactive website applications.
IT492 Advanced Scripting for Interactivity
Students will use the ActionScript programming language to begin developing scripts used for Flash gaming. The course focuses on using and writing operators, capturing data from text fields, detecting game matches, determining wins, detecting collisions, and creating drop and drag classes. Student will create advanced interactivity by creating a dynamically loaded gallery of all games created during class.
Introduction to Freehand
Imaging for the Web Using Fireworks
Imaging for the Web
Markup Languages
End-User Apps, A+, HTML


  • Designed and developed supportive data-driven websites for courses in Multimedia Scripting (ActionScript), Enhancing Websites with PHP, and Data Structures and Algorithms (Java). The main feature was a help ticket application where students could submit their works in progress to get timely troubleshooting help and feedback prior to assessment. Other features included tutorials, a weekly newsletter (also disseminated via email and as a course announcement), and links to webinar recordings. Students who used these resources found them indispensable resulting in a high level of satisfaction and improved assessment scores.
  • Developed a macro-driven automated grading tool in Excel using standardized rubrics for project-based courses resulting in improved grading consistency, fairness, and expediency. The tool allowed more time for and improved timeliness of facilitating discussions, writing personalized feedback, and responding to student inquiries.
  • Designed and developed a Prezi demonstration of the The Accounting Cycle to help bridge the knowledge gaps of online Accounting Concepts students resulting in improved assessment scores.
  • Designed and developed a series of supplemental Prezi demonstrations on Traditional vs. ABC Costing, How to Calculate Standard Costs, and Standard Cost Variance Analysis resulting in improved assessment scores.
  • Created a supporting website for on-campus students enrolled in Principles of Accounting to provide them with a one-stop place to remotely access course materials resulting in an increased level of student satisfaction and increased student engagement.
  • Designed and developed a Captivate multimedia application to help students make the transition from Principles to Managerial Accounting resulting in an increased level of satisfaction and engagement along with improved assessment scores and retention.
  • Other support sites that produced similar results were created for Introduction to Multimedia Using Flash, Markup Languages, and Basic HTML.

Course Authoring Accomplishments

  • Developed an undergraduate course entitled Enhancing Websites with PHP. Students learned how to write PHP scripts that process web-based input and output, troubleshoot programming code, connect a form to a database, and create scripts to display records in the browser in an aesthetically pleasing way. Project included writing course and lesson outcomes, designing project-based and quiz assessments, and developing the rubrics to assess student mastery of outcomes.
  • Wrote and facilitated a 6-week a course for Education to Go entitled Introduction to Freehand targeted to non-degree seeking adults. Students learned how to use the application’s vector-based tools to create brochures, book covers, newsletters, and technical illustrations. Example projects were provided allowing students to learn at their own pace and self-assess their understanding. Student support was provided through active facilitator participation using an asynchronous discussion board.
  • Wrote and facilitated a 6-week course for Education to Go entitled Imaging for the Web targeted to non-degree seeking adults. Students learned how to create dynamic web graphics including buttons, rollovers, image swaps, animations, and graphical menus through application of color theory, compression algorithms, and appropriate optimization techniques. Student support was provided through active facilitator participation using an asynchronous discussion board.

Entrepreneurial Accomplishments

  • Developed a dynamic website for Kristine Kowalski,an attorney using a PHP and MySQL platform and an HTML5 frontend. Backend dynamics were designed so the owner could modify content at will without technical assistance.
  • Developed a dynamic website for Todd Green, a stuntman using a PHP and MySQL platform and an Adobe Flash and XML-based frontend. Key features included event scheduling and automatic geo-mapping of events using the Google Maps API.
  • Developed a dynamic website for Yamaha Triples, a Yamaha motorcycle enthusiast community group. Built during the pre-Google Maps era, the front-end displayed hand-crafted graphical maps. Users could register their contact and location information and filter the display by continent, country, state, or province to connect with fellow members interested in riding within their planned traveling proximity.

Management Accomplishments

  • Led projects involving computerization of manual transactional systems. Projects required collaborating with internal stakeholders and external experts. Expertise in redesigning business processes and ensuring data integrity were essential to success as were the abilities to minimize the disruption by addressing staff resistance to change. This was accomplished by encouraging users to participate and by designing training programs that empowered users to perform their duties more efficiently and confidently.
  • Supervised the accounting department for a $125 million retail chain of convenience stores. The 20 person staff was responsible for $7.5 million in assets including over 50 depository bank accounts and for the payroll records of about 3,000 employees. As a team, the department implemented cash control procedures designed to deter deposit floating resulting in about $100,000 annual loss prevention.
  • Implemented accounting procedures to convert a $10 million research and development venture to a commercial manufacturer of oxygen generating equipment in collaboration with industry regulatory experts and external auditors.
  • Audited supervisor-specified recipients of $17+ million in grants issued by the Washtenaw County Comprehensive Employment and Training (CETA) program covering three fiscal years. Required researching regulations, using statistical sampling procedures to select relevant transactions, expanding the scope in cases where discrepancies were found, and reporting noncompliance.

Research Accomplishments and Goals

  • Completed dissertation entitled An Investigation of the Factors that Influence Faculty and Student Acceptance of Mobile Learning in Online Higher Education. Using SPSS, quantitative analyses were performed to determine the predictive strength of the mobile learning acceptance model (MLAM) by analyzing data from 417 participants. The dataset was reduced to the smallest number of factors that explained the maximum amount of variance using exploratory factor analysis. The goodness of fit of the model and the significance of each factor were determined using multiple regression analysis.
  • Plan to continue studies in analytics, data visualization, computational thinking, and to expand skills in the R and Python languages. Also plan to continue research and experiment with trends in best practices to enhance learning and improve retention in online, mobile, and micro learning environments.
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