Dr. Julie Schell is the Assistant Dean of Instructional Continuity and Innovation at the College of Fine Arts here at The University of Texas at Austin. She led the transition to online learning for over 200 Fine Arts faculty and academic staff during the CoVID-19 pandemic, ensuring academic continuity for our more than 1500 students. She represents the College on a variety of UT Austin's online learning task forces and working groups.
Dr. Schell is an award-winning expert with over 25 years of experience on the topic of college teaching and learning. She is dual appointed as an Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Design and Creative Technologies Department of Design and the Program in Higher Education Leadership within the College of Education. She teaches graduate courses focused on her areas of expertise, including college teaching and learning, online learning, the science of learning, design education and pedagogy, and technology and innovation in higher education.
Dr. Schell completed her doctorate in higher and postsecondary education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a four-year post-doctoral fellowship focused on the science of teaching and learning in the Mazur Group at Harvard University. Her dissertation, dedicated to improving undergraduate teaching and learning, won the Dissertation of the Year award for the American Educational Research Association's higher education division. In 2021, she was awarded Provost's Teaching Fellowship from The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Schell has held positions at the nation's top research universities, including Yale, Stanford, Columbia, and Harvard. A prominent, sought-after speaker and consultant on teaching and learning, Dr. Schell has worked on pedagogical initiatives with thousands of national and international audiences. She has led design and learning projects on-site in Aruba, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Dominican Republic, Germany, and throughout the United States. Dr. Schell has also designed and implemented online learning projects and workshops for universities in Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and South Africa.