JULIE SCHELL is the Executive Director of Learning Design, Innovation, and Effectiveness and Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Design and Creative and Technologies at UT-Austin. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Program in Higher Education Leadership, where she teaches graduate courses in education design, technology, innovation, and design thinking. She is a prominent learning experience designer and internationally sought-after speaker, who draws on over 20 years of experience in higher education. She has held appointments at the nation's top research universities including Stanford, Yale, Columbia, Harvard and most recently UT-Austin. In 2014, Teachers College, Columbia University identified Julie as an Early Riser in Higher Education for her original contributions to the field.
Julie completed a four-year postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, under Professor Eric Mazur, where her research and scholarship focused on pedagogical and learning innovation in STEM education. Julie received her doctorate in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University where she studied with Professors Anna Neumann, Aaron Pallas, and David Hansen. She won the Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Educational Research Association, Higher and Postsecondary Division: Venturing Toward Better Teaching: STEM Professors' Efforts to Improve their Introductory Undergraduate Pedagogy at Major Research Universities.Speaking Experience
Julie is known for charismatic and powerful keynotes and workshops, many of which have sparked the uptake of pedagogical innovation among faculty in a variety of disciplines. Julie's work with Cornell Weill Medical Center in 2012 led to a six-year learning experience design project with the Department of Rheumatology. And from 2015-2018, she has worked with the Provost's Academy for Teaching at the University of Texas at San Antonio to diffuse active learning across campus through collaborative, project-based, and game-based learning. She has spoken at colleges and universities in Aruba, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Germany and throughout the United States. And she has designed and delivered online learning projects for universities in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and South Africa.