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Administrative Director, Teaching and Mentoring Academy, SoM - Teaching and Mentoring Academy
BioChristine Schirmer, Ed.D., is the Administrative Director of the Stanford Medicine Teaching and Mentoring Academy. In this role she collaborates with the faculty co-directors to oversee all aspects of the Academy's programming, which promotes excellence in teaching and mentoring through grants programs, teaching and mentoring skills training, peer coaching and mentoring programs, and appointments and promotions support.
Prior to this role, Christine served in the School of Medicine first as the Pre-clerkship Curriculum Manager in the Office of Medical Education and then as the Curriculum Administrator in the Registrar's Office. Before arriving at the School of Medicine, Christine held a variety of roles in education. Her classroom teaching experience includes serving as a lecturer at both SFSU and the College of San Mateo, as well as teaching in SFSU's Educational Opportunity Program's Summer Bridge. Her administrative experience includes serving as the Associate Director of California Campus Compact, a statewide membership organization that supports colleges and universities as they engage students in service learning, building bridges between their academic study and its application to real world problems. Additionally, she served as the director of Stanford Upward Bound, a federally-funded college access program for low-income high school students who will be the first in their families to attend college. In this role, Christine also taught Education 102: Examining Social Structures, Power and Educational Access to Stanford undergraduates selected as Youth and Education Summer Fellows. Her passion for teaching and educational equity is the common thread that runs through her professional experience.
Christine earned her B.A. in English with minors in Women's Studies and French at U.C. Davis, her M.A. in English Literature with an emphasis on teaching composition at San Francisco State University, and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at San Francisco State University. Her doctoral dissertation studied anti-racist teaching at a public high school. Outside of work, Christine is a lifelong student of ballet, a member of the Oakland-based SambaFunk dance group, and part of the teaching team for the Untraining, a facilitator training focused on ending collusion in racism and all forms of oppression.