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Samantha Shields, M.Ed.

temporary-profile-placeholder_Big.jpgInstructional Consultant

s.shields@tamu.edu | 979.862.2080
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After working as an adjunct faculty lecturer for five years in the Teaching, Learning, and Culture (TLAC) department at Texas A&M University, Sam expanded her role.  She is currently working as an Instructional Consultant in the Center for Teaching Excellence while she pursues a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration on Teacher Education and Technology.  Her expected date of graduation is May of 2019.  Sam’s collegiate education started at Texas A&M, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a minor in math, in 1997.  From there, Sam continued her academic journey by earning a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in science, from Texas A&M in 1998.  She worked as a research assistant on an interdisciplinary NASA funded project during her time as a Master’s student.
Once finished with her master’s degree, Sam worked as a public school teacher for nine years.  Over classroom tenure, she taught 4th grade math/science/social studies for 2 years in College Station ISD and 6th grade math for 7 years in Canyon ISD.  It was after leaving the public school system that Sam joined the TLAC department at Texas A&M as an adjunct faculty.  During her time as a lecturer, she taught Science Methods in the Senior Methods block and both Curriculum and Instruction and Classroom Management in the Junior Methods block.
In her role as educational developer, Sam is passionate about working with faculty to transition their pedagogical paradigms into those that incorporate rich evidence-based instructional strategies that engage and motivate students to take an active role in their learning.


Research Focus:

  • Teaching and Learning/Instruction
  • Engineering Education
  • Professional Development
  • Curriculum Design

Areas of Expertise:

  • Evidence-based Teaching Practices
  • Teaching and Learning (STEM Emphasis) 
  • Program Design and (Re)Design
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning
  • Team-Based Learning