Maresi Nerad is the founding director of the Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE) and Professor for Higher Education, in the Leadership in Higher Education Program, College of Education, at the University of Washington, Seattle.  

A native of Germany, Dr. Nerad received her doctorate in higher education from the University of California, Berkeley; directed research in the central Graduate Division of UC Berkeley for 15 years; spent 2000 as Dean in Residence at the Council of Graduate Schools, the professional Association of US Graduate Deans, in Washington, D.C; joined the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle in 2001, and opened CIRGE in 2002. 

She served as Associate Dean of the UW central Graduate School from 2003- 2009, spent three months at the University of Melbourne, Australia (2005) at its Postgraduate School as a distinguished Mieguanyah Fellow; was appointed Professor Extraordinary by the University of the Free State, South Africa (2011-2013), received a Fulbright Specialist award, spend three months (2011) in South Africa, and three months (2014) as visiting professor at Nagoya University, Japan.  

Dr. Nerad has served on many national and institutional doctoral education reviews including the German Excellence Initiative (2006, 2011), the U.S. National Research Council (2002-3) to examine the Methodology for the Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs.  She served and still serves on US and international advisory boards, such as International Advisory Committee for Science and Engineering of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) (2011- 2013); the Presidential Innovation Broad of the University of Bremen, Germany (2014-19), the Graduate Academy of the Goethe University of Frankfurt (2011-16); and undertakes formative and summative research for flagship interdisciplinary doctoral programs of NSF (IGERT/NRT), the German Excellence Graduate Schools (Materials MAINZ), or the European Commission (UNIKE).

She has written and edited 5 books and published numerous articles on doctoral education.  The latest book appeared 2014, Globalization and it Impact on the Quality of the PhD, Sense Publishers, and received the outstanding publication award from the American Education Research Association (AERA) SIG 168 in 2015. 

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