Staff Spotlight: Beth Shepherd
Beth Shepherd is the online program manager for the Jenkins MBA Program and has been with the Poole College of Management since October 2015. She has been with NC State since April 2008 working on and off while she completed her master of education in training and development from NC State as well.
As the online MBA program manager, Shepherd provides guidance and ensures quality standards of the Jenkins MBA online program. She also supports faculty, program staff, and other units of Poole College with online and teaching technologies. Outside of her role, Shepherd is a member of WolfWare Best Practices & Support, Learning Management Systems Steering Committee, Distance Education Coordinators & Program Managers, WolfWare Outreach Coordinators, Online Learning Environment working group, and Technology Enhanced Education Advisory Council (TEEAC).
Work at Poole College
Why did you decide to join Poole College?
I joined Poole College because I had the opportunity to greatly impact the future of online courses in the school. I appreciate the opportunity to support our faculty and make the program the best experience possible for our students.
What is the most common question you receive at work?
How do I submit Moodle grades at the end of the semester? Answer
What do you see as the greatest strengths of Poole College?
The caring and diligent faculty and staff, as well as the hard-working students.
What project that you completed at Poole you are most proud of? Please describe this project and include links if applicable.
Launching the Online Teaching Forum series, where we host workshops and discussions for faculty to learn about best practices in the use of online learning technologies. It’s great to hear faculty sharing challenges and successes with each other.
Life Outside of Poole
Where were you born and what countries/state/cities did you live it?
I was born in Chicago, Illinois, but I spent most of my life in Texas (Richardson and Austin) and briefly lived in Connecticut and New Jersey.
When you are not at Poole College, what do you enjoy doing for fun?
Mostly, I spend time with my family, including my two daughters ages 6 and 10. When we find the time, we like to do easy outdoor activities, like playing at the Eno River park in Durham. I love to read, watch streaming shows, and crochet. I also own a freelance business with my husband where I do some online learning development for non-academic organizations and write articles about online learning.
What do you consider as your greatest accomplishment outside of work?
Raising two wonderful children, and completing my Master of Education in Training & Development online.