In 2006 Kerby founded Fusion Science Theater (FST, now Fusion Science Learning), a National Science Foundation-funded organization that uses techniques of theater to create outreach shows that promote learning and assessment of key science concepts. The success of Kerby’s methods and shows have made her a sought-after speaker and consultant in informal chemical education, STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics), and the use of assessment to motivate learning.
In 2007 she received the Excellence in Teaching award at Madison College. In 2012 Kerby was named the national Community College Faculty of the Year by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
In addition to directing Fusion Science Learning and Fusion Science Theater, Holly Walter Kerby teaches chemistry, technical science and creative writing/drama at Madison Area Technical College. She has experience in educational research and teacher training and has worked in industry as an analyst and manager. Her plays have been published in journals and anthologies and produced Off-off Broadway.