Tamara Shreiner, PhD

Title:  Associate Dean for Curriculum and Instruction



Office: B-4-232 MAK

Phone: (616) 331-2495

Fax: (616) 331-3675

Email: shreinet@gvsu.edu

Tamara Schreiner

Office Hours


  • Liaison with the CLAS Curriculum Committee
  • Consult with units about curriculum development and accreditation
  • Oversee Teacher Assessment
  • Lead content methods faculty on program design, implementation, and evaluation.  
  • Supervise creation and submission of SPA and CAEP accreditation documents by content faculty
  • Actively promote communication and collaboration between content and education faculty
  • Serve as liaison with the College of Education, including membership on the joint college committee for education
  • Serve as curricular liaison to programs outside of CLAS
  • Oversee scheduled and walk in tutoring services (for as long as they’re under CLAS)
  • Serve as final adjudicator on student academic misconduct, student registration, faculty grievances against students, and removal of students from courses
  • Collaborate on any college-wide teaching and advising initiatives to increase student persistence, success, and time to graduation


Tamara Shreiner is an associate professor in the History Department, where she specializes in social studies education.  She is also the director of the Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching Program.  Prior to her work at GVSU, Tamara was a classroom teacher for ten years, teaching middle school and high school history, civics, geography, and English courses.  She also worked as Associate Curator of Education at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI. 

Tamara received an M.A. in Social Studies Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in Teaching and Teacher Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from U of M.  All of her research has been concerned with the relationship between history education and civic education in K-12 schools. Her work currently focuses on the teaching and learning of data literacy in social studies, exploring ways that critical analyses of data visualizations in history and other social studies subjects can both enhance students’ learning of subject matter and prepare them to be critical consumers of information.   She has publications in Cognition & Instruction, Theory & Research in Social Education, The History Teacher, the Journal of Social Studies Research, and World History Connected.

Tamara has been an active advocate for history and social studies education, serving on various boards and committees at state and national levels.  She is currently the executive director of the Michigan Council for History Education, and served on the Michigan Social Studies Standards writing task forces in both 2007 and 2019.  She has also been chair of the American Educational Research Association Teaching History Special Interest Group and a board member for the Michigan Center for Civic Education.