Assistant Dean of Instructional Continuity and Innovation in the College of Fine Arts, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Julie Schell is the Assistant Dean of Instructional Continuity and Innovation in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also an Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Design and Creative Technologies and the College of Education, where she teaches classes on design pedagogy, learning, education and supervised teaching. Dr. Schell is an expert in the science of learning and pedagogy. She has written and spoken widely on how to help people learn using research-based principles from cognitive and learning science. She applied this expertise as the creator of Think Before You Design Think™️, a popular introductory human-centered design course she first launched at AT&T and has delivered to Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations throughout the United States. Dr. Schell's approach to design thinking pedagogy focuses on helping people develop the extensive cognitive abilities and activities required to learn complex material and methods. She has supported thousands of new learners in their journey to understand and apply human-centered design to improve lived experiences. Dr. Schell received her doctorate in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also completed a four-year postdoctoral fellowship focused on teaching and learning in the Mazur Group at Harvard University.