John Shepard

    Assistant Director and Associate Professor, Center for Global Environmental Education


    John Shepard is an associate professor in the School of Education and assistant director of the School's Center for Global Environmental Education. Since joining the Hamline faculty in 1996, he has brought an anthropologist's perspective and a love of outdoor experiential learning to his work as a multimedia story-teller and producer of CGEE's many multimedia learning programs, video documentaries, and online learning programs. This work has garnered more than three dozen international and national awards and honors. These include an Interactive Panda award and a Panda finalist nomination at Bristol England's Wildscreen festival (the world's largest and most prestigious environmental media festival), a regional Emmy nomination, and a Gold Jury Award at the Houston International Film Festival (the world's largest film festival). Shepard, an Apple Distinguished Educator, holds a Bachelor of Arts in social science from the University of the Pacific and a Master of Arts in cultural anthropology from Indiana University.

    Teaching Style

    While not presently teaching courses, Shepard continues to mentor undergraduate and graduate students through internships in research, instructional and interactive design, writing, and videography.

    "My own educational transformation continues through experiences of places, people, and natural and social processes; reflection; and the creation of stories in multiple media that are inspired by these experiences. In the digital age, authentic, engaging storytelling remains a powerful way to build community and affect change."

    - John Shepard