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Education

Ph.D., Hispanic Literature, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

M.A., Spanish, George Mason UniversityFairfax, V.A.

B.A., Spanish Translation and Interpretation, Brigham Young University, Provo, U.T.

 

Biography

Gregory Shepherd, Ph.D., currently teaches Instructional Methodologies, Implementation of Pedagogy-driven Technologies, TESOL Instruction and Assessment Methods, Latin American Literature and Spanish Language at Kean University in New Jersey.  Gregory has taught educators at the university level for more than 25 years in several countries—USA, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Cuba.  He has designed and directed technology integration, ESL and Spanish language immersion programs and workshops globally—leading and participating in teacher education initiatives for instructors from China, South Korea and Spain.  In addition, he researches and deploys disruptive pedagogies in areas as diverse as mobile technology, hybrid learning environments and gaming.  His current research focuses on mobile technology integration in teacher education models, the use of gaming applications in language learning and the construction of hybrid identities in Latin American literature. Peter Lang published his recent book on José de Acosta. His chapter in the acclaimed manual, Online Teaching in K-12: Models, Methods and Best Practices (2016), focuses on Mobile Technology implementation in the classroom.

Research and Areas of Expertise

  • Latin American Literature--Colonial, Republican and Modern Periods
  • Latin American Indigenous Cultures
  • Second Language Teaching and Assessment Methodologies
  • Teacher Education in World Languages Contexts
  • Technology Integration in Remote and In-Person Classes
  • Best Practices for Remote Instruction

Courses Taught

EMSE 3250: Methodology I: K-12 Language Instruction in Contemporary Learning Environments      

3255: Methodology II: K-12 Language Assessment                      

5920: Methods of Instruction: Pedagogy              

5930: Methods of Assessment                                          

3125: Comparative Applied Linguistics

3225: Latin American Civilization   I                      

3230: Latin American Civilization II                                    

3250: Survey of Latin American Literature I

3255: Survey of Latin American Literature II

3200: History of Spanish Literature I         

3205: History of Spanish Literature II

2101: Intermediate Spanish           

3220: Colonial Latin American Literature

4425: Latin American Essay

4500: Cervantes

1101: Basic Spanish

3060: Latin American Short Story

4420: Latin American Poetry

3240: Development of Puerto Rican Culture

4700: Seminar on Latin American Literature: Identity Construction in LA Autobiographical Narrative

4700: Seminar on Latin American Literature: Narrative Development and Experimental Fiction

4415: Latin American Novel

3235: Hispanic Women Writers

5930: Assessment of Language Performance: ESL/EFL

 Basic Spanish I

Publications & Presentations

BOOK CHAPTER: Shepherd, G. (2019). Teaching Pre-Service Teachers to Repurpose and Innovate Using Online and Mobile Technology Applications. In Computer-Assisted Language Learning: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (pp. 295-312). IGI Global.

BOOK CHAPTER: Shepherd, G. (2016). Project-based Learning with Mobile Technology in Higher Education. In Online Teaching: Issues, Methods, and Best Practices for K-12 Educators. Information Today, Inc.

BOOK: Shepherd, G. J. (2015). José de Acosta's De Procuranda Indorum Salute: A Call for Evangelical Reforms in Colonial Peru. Peter Lang.     

ARTICLE: Searson, M., Hancock, M., Soheil, N., & Shepherd, G. (2015). Digital citizenship within global contexts. Education and Information Technologies, 20(4), 729-741.

ARTICLE: Shepherd, G. (2015). The Dynamics of José de Acosta’s Colonizing Voice: Ventriloquism in Sixteenth-century Ethnography. The International Journal Of Humanities & Social Studies 3(1), 347-352

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS: Searson, M., Langran, E. & Shepherd, G. Intelligent Classrooms, Smart Students: The Potential of Wearable Devises in Education”. SITE Conference, Las Vegas, NV. March 3, 2015.

Conferences

“Project-based Learning” Presented to Chinese Educators from Wenzhou, China, December 2018.

“Project-based Learning” and “Innovations in Language Learning” Presented to Chinese Educators from Wenzhou, China, November 10-11, 2016.                       

“Effective Use of Online Mobile for Language Instruction” Presented at UTeach Global Professional Development Series—ESL Teacher Education Seminar, June 2016.              

“Teaching Portfolio: Turning Reflection and Assessment into Classroom Action” Presented at UTeach Global Professional Development Series—ESL Teacher Education Seminar, June 2016. 

“Deploying Augmented Reality Applications in the Classroom” Two Half-day Workshops for Bergen County Academies with Dr. Michael Searson, February and May 2016.                               

“Effective Use of Technology in the EFL Classroom” Presented at UTeach Global Professional Development Series—ESL Teacher Education Seminar, November 2015.                             

Shepherd, G. (2015). “Teacher Educators’ Playground: Personalized Learning Technology Joins Informal Learning—Augmented Reality through Aurasma” ISTE Conference, Philadelphia, PA. June 29, 2015.                      

Foulger, T., Hansen, R., Heath, M., Langran, E., Searson, M. & Shepherd, G. (2015). “Out of the Classroom! Place-based Education and Wearable Technologies” All day workshop collaborating with National Parks Service. ISTE Conference, Philadelphia, PA. June 28, 2015.                          

Searson, M., Langran, E. & Shepherd, G. (2015). Intelligent Classrooms, Smart Students: The Potential of Wearable Devices in Education”. SITE Conference, Las Vegas, NV. March 3, 2015.  

Foulger, T., Graziano, K., Langran, E., Searson, M. & Shepherd, G. (2015). "Taking it Outdoors: Personalized Learning Technologies and Place-Based Education" All day workshop collaborating with National Parks Service. SITE Conference, Las Vegas, NV. March 2, 2015.