Department of Teaching & Learning


Rob Rouse

Clinical Associate Professor

6401 Airline Rd
Suite 301
Dallas, 75205
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Dr. Rouse joined the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development after completing his Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. At Vanderbilt Dr. Rouse worked with pre-service and in-service teachers in various contexts, including as a graduate teaching assistant, university field mentor, and course co-instructor. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Dr. Rouse 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. Dr. Rouse’s research focuses on the intersection of science and engineering by investigating how design-based learning environments engage students in approximations of the epistemic practices of scientists and engineers.  

Dr. Rouse’s teaching focuses on two strands: (a) helping educators conceptualize the design of innovative STEM learning environments that integrate STEM disciplines and (b) supporting K–12 teachers implementing high-quality maker-based instruction. Please check out the SMU Maker Education Project website for more information about this second strand.