Shelly Rafferty Withers

Shelly Rafferty Withers

What clients say about my work...

“A+....powerful presentation.”

“Extremely well presented—innovative and highly effective...This is the kind of communication we need in education today.”

“You write very well and very compellingly...”

“...a good piece. The writing is clear, it’s well organized and well paced.”

“A strong, integrative writing style...”

“Clearly written and perceptive...”

“...[An] excellent, thoughtful paper!”

“Your writing is superb; your thought process and insights commendable.”

“Great job writing, once again...”


Intellectually challenging position in intelligence analysis, policy analysis, instructional design or other intensely analytical position in training, evaluation, or research.

Current and Recent Projects

Principal Writer (2010-present). As a consultant, I provide lead writing support for NYSUT’s Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation and Development Initiative, including development and concept for NY’s statewide training manual. I have participated in training with hundreds of teachers and administrators engaged in developing the NYS Teaching Standards, as well as those engaged in piloting the model system.

I provide ongoing editorial, copywriting, and pedagogical advisement to a producer and publisher of after-school science and forensic programs.

I am consulting with a national technical education program with an assignment in curriculum mapping.


I have been an active curriculum and instructional designer with projects in Education, Professional Development, Public Health, Hospital Coding, Anti-terrorism Training and other topics since 2005.


“Taught School: Ambivalence, Artifice, and Disclosure in the Diaries of Three Early 20th Century Teachers,” published by ProQuest LLC, UMI Microform 3327494.

Watch me in action

eLearning/Instructional Design Courses

Mass Dispensing: A Primer for Elected Officials

Detecting Bio-terror: Core Concepts in Forensic Epidemiology

Foundations of Field Epidemiology

Preconception Health Care Cafe

Tobacco Recovery Resource Exchange:

Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacotherapy (Assessment, Diagnosis, and the CO Monitor; Stages of Change Readiness; Pharmacotherapy Basics; Pharmacotherapy Advanced)

Public Employees Federation: The Many Roles of the Steward,


Guest Blogger: (2011) Adventures in After-School Learning

We Believe In Teachers


Blog Manager:

'07 The Calamity Jawbone

'07 A Pink Conversation


Withers, S. (2007). Second Story: Lost, Learning and Story-driven Instructional Design. In T. Bastiaens & S. Carliner (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2007 (pp. 7437-7439). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.


Sep 1998 - Aug 2008

Ph. D.

University at Albany



Instructional design

Experienced instructional designer with skills in performance and task analysis, assessment design, needs assessment, concept development, teacher evaluation, curriculum writing and presentations.

Counter-terrorism and preparedness training

Writing and editing

Qualitative Research Methods

Focus groups, facilitation, interviews, document and content analysis, coding and observation, emergent design, historical research, ethnographic methods and other analytical strategies.




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