Amy L Shema, Ph.D


Lecturer and Director of Brockport Summer Learning
(585) 395-5554
Office: Brown Building 284
Office Hours:

Tuesdays & Thursday 9:00-10:30 and 1:00-2:00

By appointment


Amy Shema, PhD is an instructor in the Department of Education and Human Development. Prior to her work at the University, she taught in the Rochester City School District and worked on contracts with the US Department of Education that focused on out of school time learning, literacy, and staff development. Her research includes work with diverse families, early childhood education, and social foundations of education.


  • PhD, University of Rochester
  • MS, University of Rochester
  • BA, Allegheny College

Areas of Specialty

  • Literacy
  • Social Foundation of Education
  • Out of School Time and Summer Learning
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Play

Courses Taught

EDI 430/530 Education and Society

EDI 735 Emergent Language and Literacy

EDI 462 Inquiry into Learning

Research Interests

  • Diverse Families
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Teacher Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Community and School Partnerships

Dr. Shema grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has called Rochester home since 2000. She enjoys spending time outdoors, kayaking, sewing, and cooking. Her favorite joy in the world is spending time with her niece and nephews and hearing them laugh.