Murray State University

MURRAY, Ky. — A faculty member at Murray State University is among a group of online educators across the United States chosen for the 2020 Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning, a unique blended-learning leadership development program sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium and in partnership with the University of Central Florida.

Former Hopkinsville resident and Kentucky New Era reporter, Dr. Melony Shemberger, faculty regent and associate professor of journalism and mass communication in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, was selected for the 2020 cohort.

Shemberger has taught online courses in journalism, public relations and marketing for 11-plus years, but began a more focused study of online teaching and instructional design more than three years ago. In April, she received the Teaching Online Certificate from Quality Matters, a global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments.

She also recently became a Quality Matters-certified course peer reviewer, a credential that involved rigorous coursework allowing her to review online courses and provide feedback to faculty. This summer, she assisted the University’s Faculty Development Center in educating faculty about effective online course design and reviewing online course designs.

In May, she earned a certificate in distance education from the University of Kentucky, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in instructional design. She hopes to finish by the end of 2021.

At Murray State, Shemberger teaches online undergraduate courses in journalism and graduate courses in public relations. She is a two-time alumna of Murray State, having earned a pair of master’s degrees in 2004 and 2006.

In addition to the IELOL, Shemberger will present sessions at an OLC conference in November. Shemberger also presented at the Quality Matters West Regional Virtual Conference in early April and will present at the national Quality Matters Connect Conference in September.

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