Dr. Marilyn Lanier is an Assistant Professor in the department of Elementary Education. She earned her BS degree in Biology Teaching, from Fayetteville State University in 1976, her MA in Education from Cambridge College in 2003 and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2012.
Dr. Lanier began her teaching career in 1981. She has more than 18 years of classroom experience teaching science in public school systems across the United States and the Department of Defense Dependent Schools, Europe (DoDEA-E).
In 1996, she was selected as teacher of the year in Columbus, GA and again in 2002, in Columbia, SC. Whereas the majority of her public school teaching experiences have been in the higher elementary levels, her work experience in these areas enhances and broadens her knowledge and skill base in the lower grades, Pre K- 6. In addition to her classroom experience, Dr. Lanier has directed two childcare programs for the United States Army Corps, to include a 355 capacity Child Development center and 125 capacities In-Home Daycare program.
In addition to her teaching in the public school, she also has seven years as an educator in post-secondary education. She has taught at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Radford University during the 2006-2014 academic school years. She is a published author in the International Journal for Science Education. Her article Sustainability science education in Africa: Merging worldviews, hybridized knowledge, and third space theory appears in the October 2010 journal. Her second publish article, Investigating Strategies for Enhancing Achievement in Urban African American Science Students in Middle School Science Classrooms, appears in the March 2014 Issue of Insights on Learning Disabilities.
As an alumnus of FSU, she looks forward to giving students some of the Bronco Pride that was instilled in her during her tenure and upholding the motto "Deeds not Words." She teaches the following courses:
EDUC 350 Introduction to Birth through Kindergarten Education
EDUC 361 Family, Culture and School
EDUC 308 Observation & Assessment in Preschool Education