Dr. Julie Schell is the Director of OnRamps and Strategic Initiatives at the Center for Teaching and Learning at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining UT Austin, Dr. Schell served as the senior educational researcher in the Mazur Group at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where she also completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship. She remains an appointed Associate in Applied Physics at Harvard, where she advises on the uptake of pedagogical innovation. Dr. Schell is an international specialist in instructional design and pedagogical innovation, focusing on blended and flipped classrooms. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the College of Education at UT Austin where she focuses on technology in education. Dr. Schell is the Co-Founder of the Peer Instruction Network, a global social network connecting innovative educators, everywhere. She received her doctorate in Higher Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation, Venturing Toward Better Teaching: STEM Professors’ Efforts to Improve their Introductory Undergraduate Pedagogy at Major Research Universities, was selected as Dissertation of the Year from the Higher and Postsecondary Education Division of the American Educational Research Association in 2010.  She has an M.S. in instructional technology and authors the official Peer Instruction blog, Turn to your Neighbor, where she writes about Peer Instruction and flipping classrooms using interactive, technology- and research-based pedagogies. Follow Julie on twitter @julieschell.

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