Dr. Marsella Kysilka

Dr. Marsella Kysilka graduated from The Ohio State University with a B. S. Ed in Mathematics and Psychology, and completed her M. Ed. In Secondary Education/Gifted Education at Kent State University while teaching junior high school mathematics in Parma, Ohio, for two years. Dr. Kysilka moved to Titusville, Florida, and taught high school mathematics for three years before attending the University of Texas at Austin to compete a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Kysilka joined the University of Central Florida, College of Education faculty in 1969 as an Assistant Professor and taught general methods, foundations classes, gifted education classes, elementary/secondary mathematics methods, research, and curriculum studies.
Dr. Kysilka served as Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs for the University of Central Florida, Director of Research and Program Development for the College of Education, Assistant Chair for the Educational Foundations Department, and as Coordinator of the Curriculum and Instruction Doctoral Program (Ed.). Dr. Kysilka received the Professorial Excellence Program (PEP) Award, the College of Education Outstanding Research Award, and Outstanding Teaching Award. She also received the Presidential Award for Special Merit.

Dr. Kysilka served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Curriculum and Supervision (the scholarly journal of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), academic editor for The Educational Forum (the scholarly journal of Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education), manuscript reviewer for Curriculum (an international journal of curriculum studies), and executive secretary of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum. Dr. Kysilka authored over 75 scholarly articles and books and made over 160 presentations at state, national, and international professional meetings.