IDT Outstanding Graduate Student Award

We are excited to announce that one of our students was honored at yesterday’s College of Education Awards Ceremony. It’s an annual event and reception held on the university’s campus. The IDT Outstanding Graduate Student Award is given to a student who has demonstrated an outstanding record in coursework, research, service, and/or the promotion of the IDT program.

This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Instructional Design & Technology is:

Katie M. Sharpe

Katie is a third year doctoral student, has defended her dissertation, and will be graduating in May. Please join us recognizing Katie Sharpe for her exceptional work.

Congratulations, Katie!

Meet IDT’s New Graduate Assistants

Welcome to Katie Frulla and Pooja Garg, IDT’s new graduate assistants this year.

From Memphis, Katie has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Memphis. She has a master’s degree in education from Christian Brothers University and is a licensed for both K-6 and 7-12. She taught elementary and middle school for a number of years before transitioning into IDT. She is currently an Instructional Designer at Nike as well as an IDT doctoral student. As a mom of three, Katie stays busy.

Pooja is from India and came to Memphis in 2017. She has a master’s degree in computer science and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Education Psychology. Her hobbies include dancing, cooking, and reading novels.

New IDT Professor Dr. Craig Shepherd

Craig Shepherd photo

Dr. Shepherd joins the ICL/IDT department this year. He grew up in Salt Lake City where he spent his free time exploring the outdoors. Because of this, he has a deep love for hiking and camping. Dr. Shepherd earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Brigham Young University before pursuing a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology at The University of Georgia. Following graduation, Dr. Shepherd along with his wife and three kids moved to Laramie, WY where he took a job at the University of Wyoming. While there, he examined how to improve distance education and develop a sense of community and affiliation among faculty, students, and alumni. The Shepherd family welcomed a fourth child into their family two years ago. Dr. Shepherd’s wife is from Knoxville and the family is excited to be in Tennessee.
Fun Fact: Dr. Shepherd has traveled to all 50 states in the United States (all but Hawaii by car). He loves road trips. Welcome, Dr. Shepherd!