Rebecca Shargel

Associate Professor

Rebecca Shargel

Contact Info

Hawkins Hall, Room 413F


Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) May 2008,
The William Davidson School of Jewish
Education, Jewish Theological Seminary
of America, New York, NY

Areas of Expertise

Teaching with discussion, integrating the curriculum, and ethnic pedagogies.


Dr. Shargel currently teaches educational research methods courses at Towson University for both graduate and undergraduate students. These courses include EDUC 605: Research and Technology in Education, EDUC 734: Action Research, and EDUC x: Qualitative Research in Jewish Education. In addition, she instructs courses in moral education and Jewish education. Dr. Shargel’s research interests include class discussion, dyadic learning, text-based discussion, and experiential education. Dr. Shargel has presented at both the national and international levels and has authored articles.

Selected Publications

Laster, B.P., Shargel, R., & Watson. M.J. (2020, In-press). Ethnic Pedagogies. Multicultural Education.

Shargel, R. & Twiss, L. (2019, In-press). Evidenced-based thinking for scientific thinking. Development of Scientific Thinking in Higher Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan Press. Eds. K. Balloo & M. Murtonin.

Shargel, R. (2019). Havruta goes to university: Havruta-style text study in a college education class. Journal of Jewish Education, 85(1), 4–26.

Selected Conference Presentations

Shargel, R. (2019, June). Pursuing justice across disciplines: Curricular integration in a middle school: Presentation at the Network for Research in Jewish Education, Chicago, IL.

Shargel, R. (2019, June). Curricular Integration in North American Jewish Day Schools. Presentation at the Network for Research in Jewish Education, Chicago, IL.

Shargel, R. (2017, August). Critical thinking in an undergraduate seminar. The European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction. Tampere, Finland.

Shargel, R. & Twiss, L. (2017, April). To believe or not to believe: A shift in students’ notions of evidence. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX

Teaching Award

Shargel, R. & Twiss, L. Office of Academic Innovation, Innovation in Teaching Award, Towson University. Award presented at January conference, 2019. Evidenced-Based Thinking in a Towson Seminar. (Video)

Courses Taught at Towson

  • TSEM 102 Towson Seminar: Current Issues in Education
  • EDUC 605 Informing Educational Practice to Affect Change
  • EDUC 613 Moral Questions in the Classroom
  • EDUC 649 Teaching Classical Jewish Texts: A Literary Approach
  • EDUC 670 Qualitative Research in Education
  • ILPD 675 Leadership and Action Research