• Educational Development

Shaina Rowell

Assistant Director, Educational Development

How Can I Help

I’m here to support you in achieving your teaching goals and in addressing teaching challenges. I work primarily with STEM faculty, postdocs, and graduate students across a wide range of topics including active learning activities, effective group work, inclusive practices, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. I enjoy helping both instructors and students be reflective in their teaching and learning practices.

Curriculum Vitae


Shaina Rowell, PhD, joined the Center for Teaching and Learning in May 2021 as Assistant Director of Educational Development. At the CTL, Shaina leads workshops on evidence-based teaching methods for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. She helps develop and implement programming for the Professional Development in Teaching program for graduate students and postdocs. She also co-teaches the Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) seminar where graduate students and post docs learn about research methods to assess the effectiveness of teaching methods.

Shaina provides individual consultations on a variety of topics for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in several STEM disciplines including psychological and brain sciences, engineering, mathematics, physics, earth and planetary sciences, and chemistry. Common consultation topics include helping instructors to design course materials, brainstorming ideas to address classroom challenges, providing feedback on classroom teaching observations, and guiding graduate students and post docs through professional development programs and in writing teaching philosophy statements.

Before joining the CTL, Shaina worked for four years in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences here at Washington University as an Education Specialist. In collaboration with the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE), she helped instructors incorporate active learning activities and other evidence-based teaching techniques into their courses. Shaina has experience teaching and assisting with a variety of course types from large, lecture-based introductory courses to small, discussion-based seminars and project-based courses. She has taught courses on autobiographical memory, child development, and research methods in psychology. She enjoys using a variety of active and collaborative techniques in her teaching and engaging in SoTL research.

Shaina earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2017. Her disciplinary research focuses on autobiographical memory development and how our beliefs about who we are affect the way we remember our past, and vice versa.