As a Washington University graduate and employee, Marissa Hardwrict-Franklin has had the opportunity to experience Washington University’s overall culture which has contributed to her obtaining thorough knowledge and expertise in the goals, missions, and operations of this university. Marissa presently holds the position of the PhD Program Manager of the Doctoral Programs at the Brown School. Prior to joining the Brown School Marissa has worked in the field of Research Administration at Washington University for 7 years.
Marissa has experience in the field of adult/higher education, having worked as a part-time non-tenured faculty member at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Adjunct Instructor of Intensive Writing, and an Instructor at BJC Center for Life Long Learning. She also has an extensive background in entrepreneurship through her responsibilities as Board Chair and founding member of the Reach One Teach One Foundation, a charitable organization she started in 2004. Marissa is also involved in many diversity and inclusion initiatives at Washington University. She holds memberships on the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee and Staff sub-committee (handpicked by Wash-U’s Provost Holden Thorp), board member and steering committee member of the Diversity and Inclusion Forum for Faculty and Staff (DIFFS), Chair of the Minority Women Advancement Committee and Facilitator of the Diversity Group Leaders Forum. In the academia arena, Marissa serves on the Departmental Advisory Committee in Dept. of Education – Adult Education at UMSL.
Ms. Hardwrict-Franklin has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in the field of Health Sciences and Administration (Washington University), a Master’s of Education degree with emphasis in Adult Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) and is presently a doctoral student in the PhD Adult Education program at UMSL in the field of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Her academic fields of expertise are in Science Education, Mathematics, English, Research and Writing.