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Samantha Shields, Ph.D.

Samantha Shields, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Curriculum Development

Office: 232B Blocker
Phone: 979-845-0116


Samantha “Sam” Shields is the Assistant Director of Curriculum Development at Texas A&M University’s Center for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Shields brings to the Center an extensive array of teaching experience, both in the K-12 environment and higher education, where she taught in both STEM fields and teacher preparation.

As an Assistant Director, she is passionate about facilitating Program (Re)Designs, a faculty-led, data-informed process aimed to assist programs in creating a more learner-centered, relevant, and current curriculum. Dr. Shields works collaboratively with teams of program stakeholders to transform and enhance their program and pedagogical practices with a vast array of evidence-based instructional strategies designed to engage and motivate students. In addition to transformational teaching and learning, she also brings a passion and background in instruction in 21st Century active learning spaces, the re-design of gateway courses, and both project-based and team-based learning.

Research Focus:

  • Teaching and Learning/Instruction
  • STEM Education
  • Educational Development
  • Curriculum Design

Areas of Expertise:
  • Program Design and (Re)Design
  • Course Design (Large Intro Courses)
  • Teaching and Learning (STEM Emphasis)
  • Innovative Pedagogies

Leadership & Service:
  • Innovative Learning Classroom Building (ILCB) Contact
  • Texas A&M University-Qatar Liaison
  • University Curriculum Committee (UCC) Member - Ex Officio