Shelly Counsell

Shelly Counsell

Associate Professor

(901) 678-2691
Ball Hall 412B
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About Dr. Counsell

Dr. Counsell is an associate professor of early childhood education in the Department of Instruction & Curriculum Leadership and joined the faculty in 2012 after serving as a research fellow at the University of Northern Iowa's Regent's Center for Early Developmental Education. Her research interests include early STEM, constructivism, inquiry teaching, diversity, inclusion, deliberative social justice and disability studies. Dr. Counsell has published articles in professional journals including the Journal of Disability Policy Studies, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, EPAA, Global Education Review, Childhood Education, Science and Children, and Young Children. She coauthored multiple books including STEM Learning with Young Children: Inquiry Teaching with Ramps and Pathways and The Brilliance of Black Boys. She has likewise co-authored book chapters in NSTA's Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development and Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom as well as NAEYC's Spotlight on Young Children: Teaching and Learning in the Primary Grades. She is a Young Children and NAEYC Books consulting editor and is a member of both NSTA's and NAEYC's Early Childhood Science Interest Forums. Dr. Counsell has presented at numerous national and international conferences, including the NSTA, NAEYC, NAECTE, ACEI, Association for Constructivist Teaching, Piaget Society Annual Meeting, and AERA. She is an invited 3+2 Reviewer with the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.


EdD, University of Northern Iowa, 2007