Texas Tech University

Stephanie Shine, Ph.D.

Associate Chair, Executive Director of Center for Early Head Start, Associate Professor of Practice
Human Development and Family Sciences

Email: Stephanie.Shine@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-4664

Office: HS 507H

Not accepting students for Fall 2024

Stephanie Shine

Teaching Focus

I have had enjoyed teaching courses on human development, including Theories of Human and Family Development, Prenatal and Infant Development, Development during Childhood and Cross-Cultural Development as well as the Community Practicum.

Designing a study abroad program, Child Development in London, with my colleague Mitzi Ziegner has been a deeply transformative experience as we witnessed the growth of our students in the new environments of urban London and coastal Dorset.

Program Development Focus

After focusing on a constructivist approach to children's memory tasks as a Piagetian Master's student at the University of Geneva, I turned to the social context of early learning. My doctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin explored children's response to genre in small group read-alouds.

I have the pleasure of serving as the Executive Director of Texas Tech University Center for Early Head Start with a passionate and professional team that provides services to 96 children and their families in East Lubbock.  The Center serves as a lab school, research center, and nexus in the local community.

Areas of Expertise

  • Early Literacy
  • Early Head Start
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Program Development

Community Outreach and Engagement Activities

The East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood grant led to an extraordinary opportunity to develop community programs for young children and their families, including Ready to Read at Patterson Branch Library. Dr. Michael McCarty and I have had the rewarding experience of implementing a parenting series, Family Academy, and a summer preschool camp, Pave the Way to Pre-K in partnership with graduate students, community members, and Lubbock ISD.

In 2017, I began to collaborate with deeply committed colleagues at the University of Jigjiga in Ethiopia to develop a framework for early childhood education and offer training to a cohort of enthusiastic college instructors in the constructivist approach to preschool teaching. With the support of the TTU Office of International Affairs, our projects are expanding in scope and breadth.

Shine TTU


East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood



TTU Center for Early Head Start