Honors Convocation Speaker

Leanne Ketterlin Geller

Leanne Ketterlin Geller is an accomplished academic leader, researcher and professor in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU.

A member of SMU’s faculty since 2009, Ketterlin Geller studies ways to improve teaching methods and learning outcomes for high-needs math students in kindergarten through eighth grade. She frequently presents her findings in academic journals and at conferences around the world, and also acts as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Education, UNESCO, the World Bank and the American Educational Research Association. Additionally, she has served on 35 student and advising committees for aspiring master’s and doctoral degree candidates and on multiple local advisory boards, including at talkSTEM in Dallas and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas STEM Advisory Committee.

Ketterlin Geller previously won the Pedagogical Partner Up Grant at SMU and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Research at Simmons, and was selected for SMU’s Emerging Leaders Seminar series. She serves as an institute fellow at the Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties and as an editor for Assessment for Effective Intervention.

Prior to SMU, Ketterlin Geller was an assistant professor at the University of Oregon. She also has previous experience as a high school science teacher and trained administrator in California. As a secondary school educator, she taught Advanced Placement, college preparatory and general science courses for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Ketterlin Geller has a bachelor’s in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Oregon.