Alison Marr

Featured Speaker

EDGE ’02. Co-Director, EDGE Summer Program. Professor of Mathematics, Southwestern University.

Alison Marr is a 2002 EDGE alum and has been an instructor for the program for several years. Since 2020, she has been a Co-Director of the EDGE Program. Alison received her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, her M.S. from Texas A&M University, and her B.A. from Murray State University. She is a Professor and holder of the Jack and Camille Garey Chair in Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Southwestern University. In previous years, she has served as Department Chair and Co-chair of the Transforming Paideia Initiative, a program which vastly expanded interdisciplinary learning at Southwestern. 

Alison’s research interests include graph theory, graph labeling, and recreational mathematics. In 2012, she published her book Magic Graphs, co-authored with W. D. Wallis. She is active in the inquiry-based learning (IBL) community serving on the MLI Board of Directors and the editorial board of JIBLM, was the first secretary-treasurer for the IBL SIGMAA, and co-organized two IBL mini-conferences.  

Mentors have played a vital role in Alison’s development and thus she seeks to pay that forward by providing support and mentoring opportunities for her students, peers, colleagues, and women in math. In 2016, Alison co-founded the EQUIP program at Southwestern University that works to create community and provide support for a small cohort of incoming STEM students each year.  She is a mentor for the Math Alliance and has mentored multiple undergraduate research projects that have turned into publications. She also served as a 2019 Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Fellow at Southwestern focusing on providing mentoring for mid-career faculty.