Dr. James Marshall is Associate Dean of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at California State University, Fresno. Prior to his tenure at Fresno State, Dr. Marshall worked as a field biologist for the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission and taught science at both the high school and the elementary school level. Having earned a BS in Wildlife Ecology, an MA in Biology and Science Education and a Ph.D. in Science Education, Dr. Marshall serves as the Director of the Central Valley Science Project. As such, he works extensively in providing professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers. He is also Associate Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and serves on numerous dissertation committees. He has published 24 articles in professional journals, textbooks, and periodicals and has made numerous presentations to state, national, and international audiences. In 2006, Dr. Marshall received the President’s Award for Excellence, the university’s highest achievement award. Dr. Marshall’s research interests include the relationship of teacher quality to teacher preparation and student achievement, and anything related to the field of science education.