Rob Rouse is a clinical assistant professor at Southern Methodist University’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development. He is also co-director of SMU’s Maker Education Project. In his work with the Maker Education Project, Rob supports teachers implementing high-quality Maker-Based Instruction by conducting professional development and consulting with educators from public, private, and charter schools.
Prior to pursuing his Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, Rob taught high school chemistry for four years at a performing arts high school in New York City as a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows.
While teaching in New York City, Rob participated in Columbia University’s Summer Research Program for Science Teachers. During his time in the program, Rob spent three summers working in a biomedical engineering lab alongside researchers to build and test devices to provide point-of-care disease testing for people in developing countries.
At Southern Methodist University, Rob supervises first-year teachers and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; differentiated instruction in secondary science; and interpreting educational research.
Rob’s research and teaching focus on two strands: the design of innovative STEM learning environments that integrate STEM disciplines along epistemic practices and supporting K–12 teachers to implement high-quality maker-based instruction.