Elisabeth Russell-Mckenzie


Dr. Elisabeth Russell-McKenzie is the TU MARC U*STAR Program Administrator/Coordinator. Dr. Liz (as she is called by her students) comes to this program with a vast wealth of experience in higher education administration, science education and program planning and evaluation.

A Biology high school teacher for 9 years, Dr Russell-McKenzie moved on to science education administration and curriculum planning at the secondary and tertiary level and then examination administration. An educational psychologist by profession, Dr. Russell-McKenzie also serves as program evaluator on several federally funded projects related to the performance and persistence of underrepresented students in teacher education, and undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral science programs, Her current research interests include under-representation of minorities and women in science, particularly in graduate and postdoctoral programs and at senior faculty levels; with an emphasis on the role of mentoring; and motivational and identity factors; also the impact of educational science policy on the underrepresented student populations.