• Chair of Education
  • Associate Professor of Education
Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

About Me

I began my educational journey teaching students with special needs in a preschool for students with severe disabilities. Since then, I have worked in elementary, middle, and high school settings with students with varying disabilities. I began working at the University of Mary as an adjunct instructor in 2011 and began full time work at Mary in 2014. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, finding new adventures through travel, skiing, and whatever else comes my way.

Why I’m At Mary

I grew up below the University of Mary hill, and I looked up to the Bell Tower each day as a child. I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Mary, and I felt at home in a place living out the mission. Everyday, I am blessed to prepare future educators for our communities and beyond, and I get to live the moto "UMary for Life!"


I am a licensed teacher in elementary education and special education and have a special education director credential. I have worked with students with disabilities in the public and private P-12 educational settings in North Dakota and South Dakota. I teach education and psychology courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels for students pursuing degrees in early childhood, elementary, secondary, and special education settings.

Marman, K.A. (2018) "Supports and Procedures Teachers use to Develop Transition IEPs: A Qualitative Study,"  [Doctoral dissertation, Capella University].  ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.

Marman, K. (2020) "Degrees of Dyslexia," Learning Disorder Research Symposium, Sioux Falls, SD.

Marman, K. (2019) "Autism Spectrum Disorder," Turtle Mountain Community College for Native American Educational Leadership Scholars, Belcourt, ND.

Marman, K.  (2019) "Finding Your Purpose," University of Mary, Chapel of the Word, Bismarck, ND.


BS (Elementary Education and Special Education): University of Mary, 2003
MEd (Learning Disabilities): University of Mary, 2011
PhD (Special Education Leadership): Capella University, 2018