LSI Director Dr. Kathleen Kennedy Norris Named One of MD's Top 25 Women Professors



BCCC Professor and Life Sciences Institute Director Kathleen Kennedy Norris
Named One of Maryland's Top 25 Women Professors

       BALTIMORE - Baltimore City Community College professor Kathleen Kennedy Norris has been included in a list of the Top 25 Women Professors in Maryland by and its partner website,

      The list, complete with short bios and images of each of the professors, represents what the groups consider the top college professors in Maryland honored for their excellence. As part of the selection process, an editorial and executive committee from StateStats set out to find 20-25 professors in Maryland in specific disciplines who have excelled in the classroom, on campus, and in the community during 2012. In addition to the top 25 women professors, the top professors in education, psychology, medicine and nursing were also identified. To ensure all honorees truly represented the top of their profession in Maryland, the group looked for recent awards, publications, and recognitions. The committee was comprised of a former K–12 educator, a doctor of English instructor and a former education and writing instructor.


      As a longtime professor of biotechnology and director and founder of the BCCC Life Sciences Institute (LSI) at the University of Maryland BioPark, Dr. Norris has led BCCC’s innovative, model partnership between a community college and a major research university to create educational pathways from high school all the way to the doctoral degree, and secure paying jobs and internships for Baltimore students in biotechnology companies which have located at the BioPark. In Dr. Norris’s classrooms, students master laboratory-ready skills in biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics.


      Dr. Norris received the 2012 Northeast Region Faculty Member Award from the Association of Community College Trustees, one of only five in the nation to be so honored. She has helped to obtain successful grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Labor.


      For more information, contact the BCCC Institutional Advancement office.