Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of General Internal Medicine

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photo Marie K. Norman, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science

Director, Innovative Design for Education and Assessment (IDEA) Lab


Phone: 412-864-3024

Office: 307 Parkvale Building
200 Meyran Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-864-3024
Education and Training
PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1999
MA, University of Pittsburgh, 1999
Certificate of Asian Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1999
BA, Oberlin College, 1987
Research Interest
Dr. Norman's research interests include the application of research-based learning principles to teaching (whether face-to-face or online), the uses of video for learning, factors affecting faculty satisfaction and retention, and cross-cultural issues in education.

She is co-author of the book, How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching, which has been translated into seven languages and is used widely as a teaching resource in higher education. Dr. Norman speaks regularly about teaching and learning and writes a blog for Synapse, an education publication on the blogging platform, Medium.
Educational Interest
Dr. Norman is the director of the Innovative Design for Education and Assessment (IDEA) Lab. The IDEA Lab supports ICRE faculty in the development of teaching methods that leverage research-based pedagogical practices, digital technologies, and multimedia design. Current projects include creating and refining flipped courses, developing fully online modules, and integrating personalized learning and learning analytics into ICRE courses.

Dr. Norman is passionate about designing dynamic, engaging, and meaningful educational experiences (e.g., courses, modules, workshops, seminars) in all subject areas(from the sciences to the humanities to the arts), at all levels (undergraduate to graduate to continuing education), and in all modalities (face-to-face, online, and hybrid). She is interested in developing courses that use multimedia resources (e.g., video, podcasts, digital media, and Web 2.0 tools) effectively and that make the learning environment aesthetically beautiful and conducive to creativity, exploration, and discovery. She is also interested in finding ways to make online course development easier and more intuitive for faculty.

Dr. Norman has taught in higher education for over 20 years, teaching courses in medical anthropology, anthropological theory, dilemmas and controversies in anthropology, gender in cross-cultural perspective, and the anthropology of tourism. She has also facilitated workshops and seminars on a wide variety of issues in teaching and learning, including, but not limited to, course design, assessment, lecture creation and delivery, discussion facilitation, rubric development, test/quiz design, writing, classroom management, problem-based learning, and flipping the classroom.
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Selected Publications:
Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., Norman, M. K. How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 2010.
Norman, M. K., Ambrose, S. A., Huston, T. A. Cultivating consciousness, empathy and empowerment: a narrative approach to assessing and addressing faculty morale. The Review of Higher Education. 2006; 29: 347-379.
Ambrose, S. A., Huston, T. A., Norman, M. K. Qualitative method for assessing faculty satisfaction. Research in Higher Education 2005. 2005; 46: 803-830.
Huston, T. A., Norman, M. K., Ambrose, S. A. Expanding the discussion of faculty vitality to include productive yet disengaged senior faculty. The Journal of Higher Education. 2007; 78: 493-520.
DiPietro, M., Ambrose, S. A., Fay, M. W., Lovett, M. C., Norman, M. K. Defeating the developer's dilemma: an online tool for individual consultations. To Improve the Academy. 2009; 27: 183-198.
Ambrose, S. A., Norman, M. K. Preparing Engineering Faculty as Educators. The Bridge: Linking Engineering and Society. 2006; 36(2): 25-33.
Torello, F., Norman, M. K. Lessons from the Integration of Wikis in an Architectural History Course. Browsing Architecture: Metadata and Beyond, EAAE Transactions on Architectural Education. 2008; 40: 156-166.
Nair, I., Norman, M. K., Tucker, G. R., Burkert, A. The Challenges of Global Literacy – An Ideal Opportunity for Liberal Professional Education. Liberal Education. 2012; 98(1).
DiPietro, M., Norman, M. K. Using learning principles as a theoretical framework for instructional consultations. International Journal of Academic Development. 2013; 19: 281-292.
Norman, M. K. Twelve tips for reducing production time and increasing long-term usability of instructional video. Medical Teacher. 2017; DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1322190.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of General Medical Science
Grant Number: R25 GM116740
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2020
Title: Professional Skills Development for Mentors
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Boston College
Grant Number: U54 GM119023
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2017
Title: Expanding National Capacity in PCOR Through Training (ENACT)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: R25 HS023185
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Title: University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute - Research Education Core
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Grant Number: UL1 TR000005
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2016
Notable Achievements
J. William Fulbright Scholarship, Institute of International Education, 1995
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, Department of Education, 1995
Member, Editorial Board, Ethnology: An International Journal of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, 2004-2012
Member, Executive Committee, PROMISED (Professional Skills Development for Mentors) Program. Institute for Clinical Research Education, Division of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Pittsbur, 2015-present
Member, Executive Committee, LEADS Program. Institute for Clinical Research Education, Division of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 2015-present
Member, Executive Committee, ENACT (Expanding National Capacity in PCOR through Training) Program, Institute for Clinical Research Education, Division of Medicine, School of Medicine, 2016-present
Member, Curriculum Committee, Medical Education Program, Division of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 2016-present
Professional and Organizational Development Network Innovation Award, 2008
Member, Diversity Committee, Institute for Clinical Research Education, 2017-present
Director, Future Faculty Program, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011-2012