Dr. Marla Strecker
Director of Education Leadership Program / Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education Program / Division of Transitional Studies
Building/Office: Cross (CRS) 112 Slot Number: 24
- B.A., M.L.A., Henderson State University
- Ed.D., University of Arkansas
Dr. Marla Strecker has taught and served as an administrator in both K-12 and higher education during her 18 years as an educator. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Henderson State University and her doctoral degree from University of Arkansas. Strecker is recognized as an award winning researcher in college readiness and innovative college remediation design and has served in multiple capacities–as a curriculum writer for a national college readiness initiative, as an evaluator for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, and as a liaison with the Arkansas General Assembly in efforts to promote better college access and effective strategies in developmental programs.
In 2013, the Arkansas Senate issued a formal citation in recognition of Strecker’s work and contributions in improving education. Strecker serves on local and state K-12 academic improvement and strategic planning initiatives. She is a strong advocate of a streamlined and effective K-16 pipeline to promote success in post-secondary attainment for Arkansans.
Dr. Strecker directs two graduate programs at SAU, the K-12 Educational Leadership program and the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program. Strecker also oversees the Division of Transitional Studies which facilitates instruction for students who arrive under-prepared for college coursework.
Additional service and research projects include: National Secondary Transitional Course Project to increase college readiness for 11th and 12th grade students and reduce the need for college remediation (2011 – 2013); Next Generation Learning and Assessment Models for 7th – 9th grade Core Content (2010 – 2011); and Building Blocks for College Readiness (2011). In addition, Strecker was awarded the 2013 Career Achievement Award by the South Arkansas Women’s Network for her work in education reform. She is also a member of various professional organizations including NADE, ArkADE, AAACE, and NCTE.