Justin’s book on high structure course design coming in late 2024 or early 2025 in the Macmillan Scientific Teaching series! Click here to be notified when it is available!

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. Work with Justin on improving STEM education together.

Justin at a workshop

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


“Dr. Shaffer conducted a professional development workshop for BYU. He is a dynamic and engaging speaker. The workshop highlighted practical, straightforward methods to engage students more effectively. He coupled his expertise in pedagogy with compelling data on the effectiveness of these techniques. Justin was able to engage a large group of faculty from a variety of disparate disciplines and provide them all with relevant skills. Our faculty walked away inspired as well as prepared to transform their courses into high structure learning environments. I would definitely recommend him!”

Jamie Jensen, Professor, Department of Biology, BYU

“I appreciate Justin’s facilitating our move forward and improving our curriculum. Many of our faculty have never gone through this type of process, so Justin not only helped us design courses that will provide a better educational experience but educated our faculty as well. Justin helped us improve both faculty and student success. We are excited about these courses.”

Robert Dearth, Founding Director and
School of Integrative Biological and Chemical Sciences, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

“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

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Aug 2024

Colorado State University

Workshop: Maximizing student engagement with modern iClicker questions and peer instruction


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Aug 2024

20th Annual Teaching & Learning Conference at Elon University

Workshop: High structure course design to promote student learning and metacognition


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Aug 2024

New Mexico State University

Workshop: Maximizing student engagement with modern iClicker questions and peer instruction


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Albright College

Workshop: High structure course design for STEM disciplines


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Aug 2024

University of Mississippi

Workshop: High structure course design for STEM disciplines

Oxford, MS

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Aug 2024

Cleveland State University Washkewicz College of Engineering

Workshop: High structure course design for engineering disciplines

Workshop: Getting started with DBER for engineering

Cleveland, OH

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Sept 2024

University of Colorado

Workshop: Maximizing student engagement with modern iClicker questions and peer instruction

Boulder, CO


Sept 2024

Aurora, CO

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Oct 2024

Florida Tech University Department of Chemical Engineering

Seminar: High structure course design to improve engineering student success


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Oct 2024

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Conference

Talk: High Structure Course Design for Chemical Engineering Courses

Talk: Student Motivations for Enrolling in Online or Face-to-Face Sections of Material and Energy Balances

San Diego, CA


Nov 2024

3rd International Meeting of the Portuguese Society of Physiology

Advanced Seminar: High structure course design for physiology


Engaging faculty and improving teaching worldwide

Previous workshops and seminars

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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.