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!

Contract work for Instructional Designers

Contact information Please send resumes to
Labor type Contract
Average weekly hours expected 40 hours / week
Assignment description IDs will work in a fast-paced, agile structure to create standards, templates, outlines and training assets including leader guides, participant guides, PPT, job aids, videos and assessments.
Candidate requirements 
  • Versatile instructional designer experienced in working with SMEs (engineers, line workers) to create task-based training to reflect business processes
  • Experience writing simple, crisp, concise learning assets with a heavy mix of visual cues (e.g. posters, job aides, Infographics, video)
  • Foundational visual design skills – able to use client graphics and follow current graphic design methods
  • Team player that is able to contribute quickly and  thrives in a dynamic and fluid environment
  • Proficient with PPT, Word, Snag it and basic video and video editing tools
  • Experience with distribution center or manufacturing training audiences is preferred
  • TWI experience or certification is preferred
  • Proficiency with eLearning tools is preferred
Location Onsite with client in Memphis.
Equipment Client will provide all needed hardware and software.
Work environment Candidate will be required to provide and wear composite or steel toe shoes.

Other personal protective equipment will be provided.

Tina Lewis-Yates

Supply Chain | Training Manager

M: +1-901-573-3014  M: +1-901-304-6778

Finishing This Summer? – IDT Certificate, Master’s, and Doctorate

Apply to Graduate

In order to graduate in Summer 2017, you must Apply to Graduate, and submit your Candidacy form before Wednesday, June 7th 2017; however to ensure that we meet the deadline, we ask that you submit your paperwork no later than Friday, June 2nd at 4:00pm. Failing to meet the deadline will delay your graduation and result in late fees.

IDT Certificate

Begin by Applying to Graduate (see directions). Then, email your completed IDT Certificate Planning Sheet and Graduate Certificate Candidacy Form to your advisor:

Your advisor will then sign the form and submit it to Mrs. Shelby Tate, the ICL Graduate Coordinator. You MUST complete this process to receive your certificate.

If you are graduating with a Master’s or doctoral degree this semester along with your IDT Certificate, you must also submit the corresponding Degree Candidacy Form along with your Graduate Certificate Candidacy Form. Directions for filing for your Master’s or doctoral graduation are below.

IDT Master’s Degree

Begin by Applying to Graduate (see directions). Then, email your completed M.S. Degree Planning Sheet, Master’s Degree Candidacy Form (click for directions), and Course Substitution Form (if applicable) to your advisor. Your advisor will sign it and send it to Mrs. Shelby Tate, the ICL Graduate Coordinator. Students completing the IDT Certificate this semester MUST also submit the Graduate Certificate Candidacy Form as described above.

IDT Doctoral Degree

Begin by Applying to Graduate (see directions). Then, email your completed Ed.D. Degree Planning Sheet, Doctoral Degree Candidacy Form (click for directions), and Course Substitution Form (if applicable) to your advisor. Your advisor will sign the forms and send to Mrs. Shelby Tate, the ICL Graduate Coordinator. Students completing the IDT Certificate this semester MUST also submit the Graduate Certificate Candidacy Form as described above.


Visit the myMemphis portal. To access the application, click on the MyDegree tab to locate the Commencement and Graduation channel. Follow the prescribed steps listed below:

  • Carefully review Step 1 – Prerequisites to Graduate.
  • Click on Step 2 – Apply to Graduate to complete application.
  • Proceed to Step 3 – Diploma Mailing/Cap and Gown form. All students are required to complete both the Diploma Mailing and Cap and Gown form, even if there are no plans to attend graduation exercises. For students completing only a graduate certificate program, there will be no access to the Cap and Gown portion as certificate students do not participate in graduation.
  • During the middle of every semester, the Commencement Office will provide graduating students access to Step 4 – Attendance Card.
  • After the application has been completed, click View Application to Graduate.
  • Proceed to Step 3 only if you need to make changes to your name or to the diploma mailing address. Do not go back to Step 2.


Contact Mrs. Shelby Tate in the ICL Graduate Services Office for assistance.


  • You must have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 or better.
  • You must be fully admitted to the IDT Graduate Certificate, Master’s degree, or Doctoral degree before filing your graduation application.
  • Non-Degree Students are NOT eligible to file for graduation.

Outstanding Student Awards Annoucement

We are excited to announce that two of our students were honored at yesterday’s College of Education Awards Ceremony. It’s an annual event and reception held in the Rose Theatre on the university’s campus. Please join us recognizing these two individuals for their exceptional work.


Kevin Smith received the award for Outstanding IDT Doctoral Student.


Travis Krouse received the Outstanding IDT Master’s Student award.
Congratulations to both of you.

Research Survey from William Sugar on ID Roles

The purpose of this questionnaire is to evaluate the impact (if any) the instructional designer archetypes described in The Many Hats of an Instructional Designer game (Sugar & Betrus, 2002) on your current instructional design practices. Specifically, this questionnaire asks you to consider the impact of the following instructional designer archetypes, including Instructional Designer as ArchitectInstructional Designer as ArtistInstructional Designer as CounselorInstructional Designer as Craftsperson,Instructional Designer as Engineer,Instructional Designer as Manufacturer, Instructional Designer as PerformerInstructional Designer as Problem-solver, and Instructional Designer as User.

I would like to invite you to complete this questionnaire:  Given your experience as a professional instructional designer, your participation will significantly enhance this study. Your responses will provide valuable information on the impact of these instructional designer archetypes on one’s instructional design processes and experiences.  Please complete this survey by Tuesday, April 25th.

I anticipate that it would take one ~20-30 minutes to respond to these questions. All responses will remain anonymous during this study. You may stop at anytime during this survey. If you have any questions or need further information about this study, please contact Dr. William Sugar (


William Sugar, PhD


East Carolina University

Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education

Instructional Technology program area


Greenville, NC 27858

252.328.1546 (office); 252.328.9371 (fax)