Rebecca Shargel


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 courses in the College of Education to graduate students. In addition Dr. Shargel teaches courses in a variety of subjects including learning sciences, experiential education, and moral education for both students in the College of Education as well as those pursing a master’s degree in the College of Liberal Arts in Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service. Dr. Shargel’s research interests include dyadic learning, teaching during the pandemic, and teaching controversial content within online asynchronous simulations.

Selected Publications

Shargel, R. & Vandiver. M.J. (2022). Ethnic Diversity, Dignity, & Democracy: Constructive ideals for present day education. Eds. H. Bor & T. Ketko. Routledge.

Shargel, R.  (2022) “Let’s talk about justice”: English, social studies, and Judaic studies teachers deliberate about justice across the middle school curriculum, Journal of Jewish Education, doi: 10.1080/15244113.2021.2016034

Shargel, R. & Bor, H. (2020). The merger of Baltimore Hebrew University with Towson University: Three leadership models converge. International Journal of Educational Management, 1-19. 

Laster, B., Shargel, R., & Watson-Vandiver, M. (2020). Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy Extended: Ethnic Pedagogies. Multicultural Perspectives, 22(2), 91–100. 

Shargel, R. & Twiss, L. (2019).  Evidenced-based thinking for scientific thinking. Development of Scientific Thinking in Higher Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan Press, K. Balloo & M. Murtonin, Eds. 79-103, 

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

Katz M. & Shargel, R. NJRE (2021, May). Where do we draw the line? Pedagogy for fostering controversial conversations in Jewish day schools: The case of an online simulation.

Shargel, R. & Cai, Q. (2021, March). Remote teaching at the start of the pandemic of 2020: A qualitative case study. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. Online conference.

Shargel, R. & Katz, M. (2021, March). Teaching controversial conversations in an online simulation. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. Online conference.

Shargel, R. & Vandiver, M.J. (2020, April). Ethnic Pedagogies, Accepted presentation. AERA. San Francisco, CA.

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 TU

  • 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
  • EDUC 791: Advanced Qualitative Research