Marshella (Shelly) Harkness, Associate Professor

Marshella HarknessPrior to coming to the University of Cincinnati, in September 2005, Dr. Shelly Sheats Harkness began her career as a mathematics teacher in Indianapolis. After 12 years of public school teaching, she pursued a Ph.D. As a graduate assistant she taught courses at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis. In 2002, Dr. Harkness earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University. As an Associate Professor, Shelly currently chairs the Secondary Education Program. Her research interests include: STEM education; the impact of teachers’ listening and believing (Elbow, 1986); Ethnomathematics; and the connections between mathematics and social justice. Dr. Harkness enjoys teaching, working with doctoral students, and visiting K-12 classrooms.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 2002 (Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics Education)
  • K-12 Gifted and Talented Endorsement, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1996
  • Master of Science (M.S.), Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1991
  • Bachelor of Science with Highest Distinction (B.S.), Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1987

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