Curriculum studies scholar, Marshall retires

January 21, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- J. Daniel Marshall, professor emeritus of education, retired on Dec. 31, 2008, after more than 16 years of service to Penn State. He joined the curriculum and instruction department in the College of Education in 1992 and later moved to the education policy studies Department where he worked in the educational leadership program until his retirement.

Marshall was a former elementary and middle school teacher in the United States and Australia. Before coming to Penn State, he served as a faculty member and associate dean at the National College of Education (National-Louis University) in Evanston, IL. He has been active in numerous professional associations, including the American Educational Research Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Curriculum & Pedagogy Group. His scholarly and personal interests and activities include general curriculum studies; early childhood education; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in education; home schooling; charter schools; teacher education reform; and popular music.

In 2000, Marshall received the College of Education’s Outstanding Faculty Award, and in 2008, he received the Outstanding Service Award from Penn State’s Presidential Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity.

Marshall earned an associate’s degree from Fullerton College in California, his bachelor’s degree in Education from Youngstown State University in Ohio, and went on to earn a master’s degree from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Since retiring, Marshall has co-founded the not-for-profit organization, Creative Bridge Coalition (, whose mission is to inspire those who care for and educate young children and children with special needs, to successfully incorporate effective music programs into their efforts.

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