Dr. Rodriguez is the director of UTeach Maker, a micro-credentialing program that helps preservice teachers bring innovative, project-based maker practices into their STEM classrooms or makerspace environments. She is an Associate Professor of Practice and instructor for the UTeach program in The College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin. Prior to joining UTeach, Shelly was a science teacher at Crockett High School in Austin ISD and received several teaching awards. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and was awarded the Outstanding Paper Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching in 2012.
Shelly’s areas of expertise include facilitating professional learning communities, mentoring, maker education, cross-cutting practices of the Next Generation Science Standards, and inquiry-based learning. She has multiple peer-reviewed publications in these areas. Additionally, Dr. Rodriguez is a co-PI on the UTeach Noyce grant (NSF 1557155) and she serves as the Internship Coordinator for the UTeach program. In each of her roles, Dr. Rodriguez supports beginning and pre-service STEM teachers and works to develop partnerships between the community, school district, and The University of Texas.