Dr. Julie Schell

Senior Educational Postdoctoral Fellow
The Mazur Group
Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
B.S., Health Sciences, University of Nevada at Reno
M.S., Counseling and Educational Psychology (emphasis on Instructional Technology), University of Nevada at Reno
Ed.D., Higher Education, Teachers College at Columbia University

E-mail: schell <at> seas <dot> harvard <dot> edu

Dr. Julie Schell is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Professor Eric Mazur’s Physics Education Research Group at Harvard University. Dr. Schell received her Doctorate in May of 2009 from Teachers College at Columbia University and also holds an M.S. in Counseling and Educational Psychology with emphasis on Instructional Technology from the University of Nevada at Reno. Her dissertation, “Venturing Toward Better Teaching: S.T.E.M. Professors’ Efforts to Improve Their Introductory Undergraduate Pedagogy at Major Research Universities” was selected as the 2009 Dissertation of the Year from the American Educational Research Association, Postsecondary Education Division. Dr. Schell’s current research laboratory is the undergraduate STEM classroom, where she investigates the assessment, diffusion and uptake of pedagogical innovation across the globe. She is an expert in Peer Instruction, an evidence-based teaching method developed by Eric Mazur and is the Co-Founder of Peer Instruction Network, a global community of Peer Instruction users. She is also the co-author of the Peer Instruction Self Efficacy instrument, which she and her collaborators are using to build models for identifying at-risk students and to design interventions for enhancing student learning and success in undergraduate and graduate classrooms. Her work to drive educational change extends beyond Harvard; she is part of a leadership team at The University of Texas at Austin focusing on the power of innovative pedagogy to improve student success in higher and postsecondary education across the State of Texas. She is also an associate of the LASPAU-Initiative for the Development of Academic Innovation (IDIA). For IDIA, Dr. Schell focuses specifically on assessment of student learning and the diffusion of pedagogical innovation in Latin America.

Related websites:

The Mazur Group: Improving education through research
URL: http://mazur.harvard.edu

The Peer Instruction Network
URL: http://www.peerinstruction.net

Dr. Schell’s Scholars at Harvard profile
URL: http://scholar.harvard.edu/julieschell/


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