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Meghan Gillette

Gillette, Meghan
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Iowa State University
1335 Palmer HDFS Building
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1054

University Profile

Program involvement
Youth Development Graduate Programs - Instructor, and Advisor


Meghan Gillette is an associate teaching professor, faculty affiliate in ISU’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and an adjunct graduate faculty in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University. She is also the advisor and major professor for ISU’s Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance youth development students.

Gillette teaches the following undergraduate courses at ISU: Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood, Development and Guidance in Middle Childhood, Human Sexuality, and Individual and Family Life Development. She teaches the following graduate courses for the Great Plains IDEA youth development program: Foundations of Youth Development, Youth Professionals as Consumers of Research, Youth Culture and Cultures of Youth, and Community Youth Development.

In many of her courses, Gillette uses team-based learning as a pedagogical strategy. She also co-chaired two faculty development groups focused on team-based learning:  ISU’s TBL faculty learning community and the TBL scholars group. Gillette is involved with multiple research projects on the use of TBL in classes at ISU, and she researches how to improve TBL effectiveness. She is pioneering the use of TBL in online courses with the goal of improving the online learning experience for students.

In 2020, Gillette received the GPIDEA Faculty Excellence Award. In 2019, Gillette received the Team-Based Learning Collaborative Best Paper Award for Scholarship. In 2018, she was awarded the Sam Clark Creative Teaching Award from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University. In 2015, Gillette received The National Council on Family Relations' Reuben Hill Award.



Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University, 2014
M.A. in Anthropology, Iowa State University, 2010
B.A. in Anthropology, University of Northern Iowa, 2008