Justin’s book on high structure course design coming in late 2024 or early 2025 in the Macmillan Scientific Teaching series! Stay tuned!

What’s in your teaching DNA?

In biology, recombinant DNA involves combining DNA from different sources to achieve a desired outcome. At Recombinant Education, we help combine your unique academic strengths and STEM disciplinary knowledge with evidence-based educational strategies via workshops and consulting services to achieve positive outcomes for yourself, your students, and your institution.

Dr. Justin Shaffer, a STEM faculty member with 11+ years experience in the classroom and with discipline-based education research, offers higher education workshops and consulting services in the following areas.

Contact Justin to discuss your unique circumstances so that we can plan for a way to work together.


“Please invite Dr. Shaffer to consult with you or your faculty! He’s invested in continuous improvement and evidence-based methods, skilled at translating research to practice, and will renew your excitement for classroom teaching. He’s a rare-find and a gem; consistently delivering the highest quality work while also tending to his students’ and coworkers’ needs.”

Sarah Bodbyl, Associate Dean, Van Andel Institute Graduate School

“After attending three of his workshops, it is my belief that Dr. Justin Shaffer is a rising star in pedagogy, one of the new generation to come after foundational folks like Drs. Felder & Brent, Wankat, and Stice. Only one unique attribute is his expertise in both chemical engineering and quantitative biology. Justin is revitalizing pedagogical methods with great intellect, energy, and more diversity experience than most others in the field. It has been a pleasure to learn from him.”

E. Dendy Sloan, University Professor Emeritus, Colorado School of Mines

“Justin is a fantastic workshop presenter, instructor, and collaborator. His enthusiasm and knowledge of subjects such as course design and active learning clearly show through in his presentations, in which he makes everyone feel engaged, welcome, and inspired. I highly recommend your department or teaching and learning center to invite Justin so that he can work with and inspire your colleagues too.”

Sami Raut, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Upcoming Events

Feb 2024

POD Network SoTL Special Interest Group

Talk: How to incorporate undergraduate students in SoTL and DBER projects


March 2024

Biology Instructor Workshop

Talk: The impact of high structure course design across courses, disciplines, and universities

Phoenix, AZ

March 2024

NSTA National Conference

Workshop: High Structure Course Design for STEM Disciplines

Denver, CO

March 2024

University of Calgary Open Education Week Talks

Talk: Using reading guides to help students read the textbook and improve exam scores


March 2024

SABER DBER Scholars in Training

Panel: Making the transition to a DBER career


April 2024

Brigham Young University

Talk: The impact of high structure course design across courses, disciplines, and universities

Workshop: High structure course design for STEM disciplines

Provo, UT

April 2024

James Madison University

Seminar: High structure course design across universities, students, and disciplines


April 2024

McNeil Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Step up Clinics

Talk: Service to the community via a start-up education company

Golden, CO

Sept 2024

Western Region Society for Biomaterials Symposium

Panel: Faculty career paths

Aurora, CO

Nov 2024

3rd International Meeting of the Portuguese Society of Physiology

Advanced Seminar: High structure course design for physiology


Select Recent Events

January 2024

University of Colorado Student Engagement through Technology Symposium

Workshop: Using modern iClicker questions to promote student engagement

Boulder, CO

Nov 2023

POD Network Conference

Workshop: High structure design for STEM courses

Pittsburgh, PA

October 2023

University of Business and Technology, College of Engineering (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)

Workshop: High structure design for STEM courses


October 2023

University of California, Irvine

Talk: The impact of high structure course design across courses, disciplines, and universities

Workshop: Faculty peer observation protocols to improve student learning and outcomes

Irvine, CA

October 2023

Purdue University Biology Education Seminar Series

Talk: The impact of high structure course design across courses, disciplines, and universities


August 2023

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Biology Department

Workshops: High structure course design, active learning, and backwards design for biology curricula

Edinburg, TX

August 2023

College of the Mainland   Nursing Program

Webinar: Introduction to iClickers (in partnership with iClicker)


July 2023

Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research

Long talk: The impact of high structure course design across courses, disciplines, and universities

Minneapolis, MN

May 2023

American Society for Engineering Education Research Regional Conference

Workshop: Getting started in engineering education research

Golden, CO

Company Info

Recombinant Education LLC

Founded by Justin Shaffer, PhD

Golden, CO


Let’s work together! Please contact me to discuss your unique circumstances, scheduling, rates, and questions.