UMOnline Team

Sharon Link, Ph.D.

Instructional Designer

Contact

Office
James E. Todd Building (currently working remotely)
Email
sharon.link@mso.umt.edu
Office Hours


 

Website
http://Leadershipviadesign.com
Curriculum Vitae
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Personal Summary

Experience:
20+ years of teaching various audiences in-seat 10+ years of virtual/on-line teaching
10+ years of organizational coaching/instructional design Ph.D. in Leadership Studies
Earning Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
Certified coach through Coach U
My teaching is based on high levels of engagement, service, and practical application of theoretical concepts.

Professionally, I display a thorough knowledge of curriculum and served as a subject matter expert for many of the 95 courses I designed. I am highly responsive to student needs, and I am always online so there is no lag time in my emails or Zoom sessions to meet with students personally. As a remote instructor, I maintain regular work hours, Zoom office hours for students, and participate in meetings. I set very high expectations for my students, and I am committed to enhance my teaching effectiveness skills by attending seminars, webinars, workshops, and classes through both internal and external programming.

Personally, I have a proven competency in fulfilling my professorial responsibilities within a culturally diverse environment. My completed dissertation was a phenomenological exploration of women’s leadership in raising children with Asperger’s Syndrome. I have a demonstrated research interest in ways to accommodate individuals on the autism spectrum and neuro-diverse individuals.

Having designed and developed 95 university courses on a variety of subjects, my focus is on designing experiential learning solutions to activate learner engagement. I design fresh, original content that is theoretically infused, based on storytelling, and is also pragmatic. My strength is in updating static courses to create interactive and thoughtful designs that increase student interaction, engage learners through gamification, and spark innovation. I work with universities and professors to qualitatively evaluate courses, revise content, and statistically measure outcomes.

 

Education

Psy.D. Clinical Psychology (GPA 4.0)                                          2021 - 2023

MBA in Process                                                                          2019 - 2021
Concordia University, NE (GPA 4.0)
I am now halfway through the program.

Coach U                                                                                     2008 - 2009
Certificate in Coaching, Bradenton, FL

Ph.D. in Leadership Studies                                                       2002 - 2007
Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA (GPA 3.8)

M.Ed. in Administration                                                              1999 - 2002
Emph. School Leadership & Human Resources
Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (GPA 3.6)

B.A. in Education | Political Science                                           1995 - 1997
Whitworth University, Spokane, WA (GPA 3.6)

Courses Taught

  • XLSU 9000 Leadership Theory DT XLSU 9002 Leadership & Org Sys DT XLSU 9003 Introverted Leadership DT XLSU 9004 Servant Leadership DT XLSU 9005 Leadership Capstone DT
  • MBA 644 Organizational Resource Management DT MBA 525 Leadership and Organizational Behavior DT
  • MBA 617 Compensation Package Development and Administration MBA 642 Introduction to Non-Profit Management
  • Leadership Development for Nurses (Galen College of Nursing) (Quality Matters Certified) LEAD 8000 Introduction to Women's Leadership DT
  • LEAD 8001 Women's Leadership Skills in the Workplace DT LEAD 8002 Career Advancement for Women Leaders DT LEAD 8003 Women's Leadership Capstone DT
  • Women’s Leadership course for Accenture Women in business – three courses – Topics included Virtual Team Facilitation, Executive Presence, and Navigating the Business.
  • EDUU 9019 Educational Technology General & Special Education DT EDUU 9020 Assessment of Individual Differences DT
  • EDUU 9022 Child Development & Learning in the Cultural Context DT EDUU 9020 Assessment of Individual Differences DT
  • EDNU-9971 Overview-of-Autism-Spectrum-Disorders DT
  • EDNU-9989 Behavioral-Supports-&-Interventions-for-Children-w/Autism DT EDNU-9978-Meeting-Acad-Needs-for-Children-w/Autism DT
  • EDNU-9990 Social-Supports-&-Interventions-for-Children-w/Autistic-Disorders DT EDNU 9078 Transition Autistic Teen to Adulthood DT
  • Special Needs and Education Advancement Courses D Child Abuse and Mandated Reporting D
  • Classroom Safety D Drug-Free Workplace D
  • Ethics in the Workplace D
  • Evacuation Planning for Students with Special Needs D Workplace Bullying D
  • Workplace Violence D
  • BUSU 9014 Introduction to Marketing D BUSU 9013 Corporate Marketing & Branding D BUSU 9012 Writing for Your Market D
  • BUSU 9011 Market Research & Analysis D BUSU 9010 Marketing Capstone Project D
  • XLSU 9023 Introduction to Instructional Design DT
  • XLSU 9024 Instructional Design in Corporate Environments DT XLSU 9025 Instructional Design Tech DT
  • XLSU 9027 Instructional Design/ Curriculum Development End to End DT XLSU 9028 Gamification & Instructional Design DT
  • XLSU 9029 Instructional Design Through the Filmmaking Lens DT Introduction to Online Teaching and e-Course Facilitation DT
  • Online Curriculum Theory and Delivery Models for e-Learning Instructors DT Practical & Engaging Multi-Media Technologies for the Online Instructor DT Practicum in Online Teaching & Course Facilitation DT
  • CIL 305: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (Online) CIL 305: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (Blended)
  • ESR 504 Assessment and Curriculum Differentiation in an Early Childhood Setting (Online) HSM 520 Interventions and Direct Services in Human Services (Online)
  • HSM 520 Interventions and Direct Services in Human Services (Blended) ECE 321 Curriculum and Best Practices for Infants and Toddlers (Online) ECE 321 Curriculum and Best Practices for Infants and Toddlers (Blended)
  • ECE 324 Integrated Preprimary Methodology in Early Childhood Education (Online) ECE 324 Integrated Preprimary Methodology in Early Childhood Education (Blended) ECE 342 Cultural Responsiveness for Families of Infants/Toddlers (Online)
  • ECE 342 Cultural Responsiveness for Families of Infants/Toddlers (Blended)
  • ECE 343 Teaching and Learning in Diverse Early Childhood Environments (Online) ECE 343 Teaching and Learning in Diverse Early Childhood Environments (Blended) MHE 480A: Methods for Teaching Mathematics (Online)
  • MHE480B: Methods for Teaching Mathematics (Blended) ACC 500: Intermediate Accounting (Online)
  • CSJ 354: Sociology of Deviant Behavior for Criminal Justice Professionals (Online) CSJ 354: Sociology of Deviant Behavior for Criminal Justice Professionals (Blended) RES 654 Qualitative Research Methods (Online)
  • Biggie Bills Strategic Management Game (eLearning)
  • Using Canva for Rapid, Print-Ready, Memorable Learning Materials Instructional Design Materials eLearning Participant Guide for client Use Artificial Intelligence to deliver business value
  • Use AI canvas to build an AI initiative Develop Process Maps and Flows Create a high-quality data set
  • Use the AI Maturity Model ART 203 Art Appreciation BIL 6321 Project Management BIL 6331 Leading with Data
  • MGM 433 Production Operations Management MAE 5321 School as an Organization
  • MAE 6361 Action Research Capstone (Taught Only)
  • MOL 5321 Ethics and Professional Responsibility MOL 5361 Global Leadership (Taught)
  • MOL 5331 Human Behavior in Organizations
  • MOL 6311 Personal Leadership Development (Taught) MOL 6330 Leadership Development and Coaching PSY 113 General Psychology
  • PSY 243 History and Systems of Psychology PSY 323 Adolescent Psychology
  • PSY 383 Physiological Psychology PSY 423 Counseling Psychology PSY 473 Social Psychology
  • SCO 6321 Counseling Skills & Crisis Intervention
  • BIL 6311 Intro to Baseline Business Information Systems Management MGM 483 Seminar in Business Policy
  • MAE 6361 Capstone - Action Research (Updated)

 

 

 

Teaching Experience

University Teaching Experience 2008 - Present
Adjunct and Contract-Based University Teaching Experience

York College, Online Adjunct Faculty, York Nebraska  2019 - 2021
Subjects: Leadership, Psychology, Educational Research

Concordia University, Online Adjunct Faculty, Nebraska 2015 - 2019
Subjects: Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, Education, Leadership, Business, and Coaching

Galen College of Nursing, Louisville, KY 2014
Subjects: Great Leader Strategies for Nurses

Touro College, New York, NY 2012 - 2013
Subjects: Masters in Teaching Program

Brandman University Extended Education, Irvine, CA 2008 - 2020
Subjects: Instructional Design, Education, Leadership

Gonzaga University, Kelowna, British Columbia 2008
Subjects: Measurement & Assessment

Research Interests

Research Interests

  1. Servant-leadership and Instructional Design
  2. Neuroscience and Learning
  3. Leadership in Industry 4.0
  4. NeuroLeadership and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  5. Leadership and Technology
  6. Servant leadership and organizational behavior

CITI Human Subjects Certification

I am certified through Washington State University to conduct research with human subjects, including interviews, focus groups, assessments, and various types of analyses. I have conducted both quantitative and qualitative research. My particular areas of strength is hermeneutic and heuristic phenomenology.

Projects

  1. XLSU 9000 Leadership Theory DT
  2. XLSU 9002 Leadership & Org Sys DT
  3. XLSU 9003 Introverted Leadership DT
  4. XLSU 9004 Servant Leadership DT
  5. XLSU 9005 Leadership Capstone DT
  6. MBA 644 Organizational Resource Management DT
  7. MBA 525 Leadership and Organizational Behavior DT
  8. MBA 617 Compensation Package Development and Administration
  9. MBA 642 Introduction to Non-Profit Management
  10. Leadership Development for Nurses (Galen College of Nursing) (Quality Matters Certified)
  11. LEAD 8000 Introduction to Women's Leadership DT
  12. LEAD 8001 Women's Leadership Skills in the Workplace DT
  13. LEAD 8002 Career Advancement for Women Leaders DT
  14. LEAD 8003 Women's Leadership Capstone DT
  15. Women’s Leadership course for Accenture Women in business – three courses – Topics included:
  16. Virtual Team Facilitation
  17. Executive Presence
  18. Navigating the Business.
  19. EDUU 9019 Educational Technology General & Special Education DT
  20. EDUU 9020 Assessment of Individual Differences DT
  21. EDUU 9022 Child Development & Learning in the Cultural Context DT
  22. EDNU-9971 Overview-of-Autism-Spectrum-Disorders DT
  23. EDNU-9989 Behavioral-Supports-&-Interventions-for-Children-w/Autism DT
  24. EDNU-9978-Meeting-Acad-Needs-for-Children-w/Autism DT
  25. EDNU-9990 Social-Supports-&-Interventions-for-Children-w/Autistic-Disorders DT
  26. EDNU 9078 Transition Autistic Teen to Adulthood DT
  27. Special Needs and Education Advancement Courses D
  28. Child Abuse and Mandated Reporting D
  29. Classroom Safety D Drug-Free Workplace D
  30. Ethics in the Workplace D
  31. Evacuation Planning for Students with Special Needs D
  32. Workplace Bullying D
  33. Workplace Violence D
  34. BUSU 9014 Introduction to Marketing D
  35. BUSU 9013 Corporate Marketing & Branding D
  36. BUSU 9012 Writing for Your Market D
  37. BUSU 9011 Market Research & Analysis D
  38. BUSU 9010 Marketing Capstone Project D
  39. XLSU 9023 Introduction to Instructional Design DT
  40. XLSU 9024 Instructional Design in Corporate Environments DT
  41. XLSU 9025 Instructional Design Tech DT
  42. XLSU 9027 Instructional Design/ Curriculum Development End to End DT
  43. XLSU 9028 Gamification & Instructional Design DT
  44. XLSU 9029 Instructional Design Through the Filmmaking Lens DT
  45. Introduction to Online Teaching and e-Course Facilitation DT
  46. Online Curriculum Theory and Delivery Models for e-Learning Instructors DT
  47. Practical & Engaging Multi-Media Technologies for the Online Instructor DT
  48. Practicum in Online Teaching & Course Facilitation DT
  49. CIL 305: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (Online)
  50. CIL 305: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (Blended)
  51. ESR 504 Assessment and Curriculum Differentiation in an Early Childhood Setting (Online)
  52. HSM 520 Interventions and Direct Services in Human Services (Online)
  53. HSM 520 Interventions and Direct Services in Human Services (Blended)
  54. ECE 321 Curriculum and Best Practices for Infants and Toddlers (Online)
  55. ECE 321 Curriculum and Best Practices for Infants and Toddlers (Blended)
  56. ECE 324 Integrated Preprimary Methodology in Early Childhood Education (Online)
  57. ECE 324 Integrated Preprimary Methodology in Early Childhood Education (Blended)
  58. ECE 342 Cultural Responsiveness for Families of Infants/Toddlers (Online)
  59. ECE 342 Cultural Responsiveness for Families of Infants/Toddlers (Blended)
  60. ECE 343 Teaching and Learning in Diverse Early Childhood Environments (Online)
  61. ECE 343 Teaching and Learning in Diverse Early Childhood Environments (Blended)
  62. MHE 480A: Methods for Teaching Mathematics (Online)
  63. MHE480B: Methods for Teaching Mathematics (Blended)
  64. ACC 500: Intermediate Accounting (Online)
  65. CSJ 354: Sociology of Deviant Behavior for Criminal Justice Professionals (Online)
  66. CSJ 354: Sociology of Deviant Behavior for Criminal Justice Professionals (Blended)
  67. RES 654 Qualitative Research Methods (Online)
  68. Biggie Bills Strategic Management Game (eLearning)
  69. Using Canva for Rapid, Print-Ready, Memorable Learning Materials
  70. Instructional Design Materials eLearning Participant Guide for client Use Artificial Intelligence to deliver business value
  71. Use AI canvas to build an AI initiative
  72. Develop Process Maps and Flows
  73. Create a high-quality data set
  74. Use the AI Maturity Model
  75. ART 203 Art Appreciation
  76. BIL 6321 Project Management
  77. BIL 6331 Leading with Data
  78. MGM 433 Production Operations Management
  79. MAE 5321 School as an Organization
  80. MAE 6361 Action Research Capstone (Taught Only)
  81. MOL 5321 Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  82. MOL 5361 Global Leadership (Taught)
  83. MOL 5331 Human Behavior in Organizations
  84. MOL 6311 Personal Leadership Development (Taught)
  85. MOL 6330 Leadership Development and Coaching
  86. PSY 113 General Psychology
  87. PSY 243 History and Systems of Psychology
  88. PSY 323 Adolescent Psychology
  89. PSY 383 Physiological Psychology
  90. PSY 423 Counseling Psychology P
  91. SY 473 Social Psychology
  92. SCO 6321 Counseling Skills & Crisis Intervention
  93. BIL 6311 Intro to Baseline Business Information Systems Management
  94. MGM 483 Seminar in Business Policy
  95. MAE 6361 Capstone - Action Research (Updated)

 

 

 

Field of Study

Professional Skills

  • Learning Theory
  • Leadership Theory
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Learning & Development Strategist
  • Trained Coach
  • Instructional Design
  • eLearning
  • eLearning Software Tools
  • Training and teaching
  • Worked with (12) Learning Management Systems
  • Customized and Branded Assessments
  • Trained Facilitator
  • Published author

 

Selected Publications

Presentations

Link and Beattie (2019). International Leadership Conference: Ethnographic Futures Exploration of Ethics, Leadership, and Industry 4.0. Ottawa, Canada.

Link, S. (2017). DevLearn Presentation: Using Canva for Rapid, Print-Ready, Memorable Learning Materials. eLearning Guild. Las Vegas, NV.

Link, S. and Link, J. (2015). Keynote Speech:  Idaho Council for Exceptional Children Conference: Out of the Abyss: Navigating Autism Spectrum Disorder. Delivered 6 conference presentations overall.

Link, S. (2013). DLD National Conference. Overcoming the Abyss of Autism, and Preparing Your Autistic Teen for Adulthood. Sun Valley, ID.

Link, S. (2011). Lighting the Spark: Getting all of your students to learn. Workshop presented at Touro College in partnership with the Lander Center for Educational Research, New York, NY.

Link, S. (2010). Engaging autistic students in general education classrooms. Workshop presented at Washington State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Spokane, WA.

Link, S. (2009). Professional development and instructional strategies in WMEP. Workshops presented at Wayzata School District, Sunset Hill Elementary School. Minneapolis, MN.

Link, S. (2008). Professional development and instructional strategies in WMEP. Workshops presented at Wayzata School District, Sunset Hill Elementary School. Minneapolis, MN.

Link, S. (2008, July). Using your child’s strengths to prevail against systems’ shortfalls. Lecture presented at Washington Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference, Kennewick, WA.

Link, S. (2008, July). Comprehension organizers: A transformational meta-language for learning for ALL learners. Lecture presented at Washington Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference, Kennewick, WA.

Link, S. (2008, June). Autism 101 – A guide for school administrators. Lecture presented at Washington Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference, Spokane, WA.

Link, S. (2008, June). Professional Learning Communities – An overview for school administrators. Lecture presented at Washington Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference, Spokane, WA.

Link, S. (2008, March). Utilizing rigor, relevance, and relationships to improve public schools. Lecture presented at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA.

Link, S. (2007, June). All day instructional workshop presented at Pacific Coast Teachers’ Conference – Gethsemane Lutheran School, Spokane, WA.

Link, S. (2007, June). Working together to make it work. Lecture presented at Inter-Disciplinary Educational Alternative Strategies Conference – Educational Service District, Spokane, Washington.

Link, S. (2007, January). Relationships, rigor, and relevance: Connecting with parents and patrons. Lecture presented at Washington State School Directors Association Conference, Spokane, Washington.

Link, S. (2006, January). Pillars of resilience through advocacy, partnership

Publications

Book Chapter

Beattie, M., & Link, S. (2019). Change management and leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In Tourism, Hospitality and Digital Transformation (Innovation and Technology Horizons). London: Routledge.

Link, S. (2012). Inferential Statistics. Agate Publishing.

Research Starters – Ebsco Publishing, Boston, Massachusetts

  1. Link, S. (2008). Academic learning time. Ebsco Publishing.
  2. Link, S. (2008). Assessing class: Education. Ebsco Publishing.
  3. Link, S. (2008). Child health policies. Ebsco Publishing.
  4. Link, S. (2008). Educology. Ebsco Publishing.
  5. Link, S. (2008). Essentialism and perennialism. Ebsco Publishing.
  6. Link, S. (2008). Family involvement in special education. Ebsco Publishing.
  7. Link, S. (2008). George Mead’s “I” and me. Ebsco Publishing.
  8. Link, S. (2008). Graphic organizers. Ebsco Publishing.
  9. Link, S. (2008). International adoption. Ebsco Publishing.
  10. Link, S. (2008). Internet dating. Boston: Ebsco Publishing.
  11. Link, S. (2008). Mainstreaming in public schools. Ebsco Publishing.
  12. Link, S. (2008). Oligarchies. Ebsco Publishing.
  13. Link, S. (2008). Post-industrial societies. Ebsco Publishing.
  14. Link, S. (2008). Self-determination theory. Ebsco Publishing.
  15. Link, S. (2008). Sexual development across the life span. Ebsco Publishing.
  16. Link, S. (2008). Social category and social aggregates. Ebsco Publishing.
  17. Link, S. (2008). Social status and social interaction. Ebsco Publishing.
  18. Link, S. (2008). Socialization and lifelong learning. Ebsco Publishing.
  19. Link, S. (2008). Sociobiology. Ebsco Publishing.
  20. Link, S. (2008). Socio-emotional development. Ebsco Publishing.
  21. Link, S. (2008). Teaching life skills. Ebsco Publishing.
  22. Link, S. (2008). Teaching students with autism. Ebsco Publishing.
  23. Link, S. (2008). The medicalization of deviance. Ebsco Publishing.
  24. Link, S. (2008). The Megalopolis. Ebsco Publishing.
  25. Link, S. (2008). The single parent household. Ebsco Publishing.
  26. Link, S. (2008). Theory of mind. Ebsco Publishing.
  27. Link, S. (2008). Work in the post-industrial world. Ebsco Publishing.
  28. Link, S. (2008). Applied behavioral analysis. Ebsco Publishing.

Specialized Skills

  • Canvas
  • Desire2Learn
  • Moodle
  • Blackboard – since Version 6 Canvas (Expert)
  • Edvance360
  • Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Litmos
  • Schoology
  • SumTotal
  • Versal
  • Saba
  • Google Classroom
  • Adobe Spark (Experienced)
  • Canva (Expert)
  • Camtasia (Experienced)
  • Articulate Rise (Expert)
  • Articulate 360 (Expert)
  • Articulate Storyline (Expert)
  • Easy Generator (Experienced)
  • Gomo Learning (Experienced)
  • Adobe Captivate (Advanced)
  • Animaker (Expert)
  • Animoto (Expert)
  • Camtasia (Expert)
  • Quik by GoPro (Expert)
  • Panopto (Experienced)
  • Zoom (Expert)
  • Basecamp (Expert)
  • Google Drive (Expert)
  • Jira (Experienced)
  • Outlook Notifications (Experienced)
  • SharePoint (Experienced)
  • Trello (Experienced)
  • PowerPoint (Expert)
  • Storyboard That! (Expert)
  • Canva (Expert)

Professional Experience

  • 2000 - 2010 - Held educational leadership and administration roles in public schools, including WA state Assistant Principal and Human Resources for 500+ people for 3+ years for West Valley School District, WA state.
  • 2000 - 2010 - Wrote and obtained $265,000 in grants for various initiatives, including helping colleagues secure the needed equipment.
  • 2003 - 2010 - Taught over 300 students in various grade levels including 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades, and high school sophomores.
  • 2007 - 2009 - Facilitated on-site learning groups with teachers and school administrators in consultation with the National Urban Alliance for Public Education for up to 500 people.
  • 2000 - 2017 - Presented at 20+ national conferences, workshops, and international conferences.

International Experience

  • Designed 96 eLearning courses and workshops aligned to Quality Matters and accreditation standards for higher education institutions, including Columbia University of New York City, Galen College of Nursing, University of Montana, George Mason University, National Louis University, and Touro College.
  • University Highlights include:
    • Designed courses on a variety of topics including Human Resources, Leadership, Business, Business Information Systems, Education, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Psychology, Instructional Design, Neuroscience, Women’s Leadership, and compliance, for corporate learning (PWC) and in both master’s level and doctoral programs.
    • Designed and developed a Certificate in Instructional Design program that was accredited through Brandman University. Certified 30 IDs.
    • Designed a customized Masters in Teaching program and taught 4 courses.
    • Served as Subject Matter Expert on 80% - 90% of eLearning courses and wrote 100% of the course content.
    • Collaborated with the learning and development team to design a two-day workshop for new managers. Wrote 216-page Human Resources Participant Guide for new-manager training.
  • Served as Learning Consultant and designed eLearning and in-seat learning for 30 organizations, including Accenture, American Express, Celgene, Mercury Insurance, PwC, and Weight Watchers, to name a few.
  • Corporate Highlights include:
    • Served as Senior Instructional Design Analyst to develop to develop and implement a 22-Module Java Programming Course for Software Engineers in D2L.
    • Worked with an international team and developed a Women's Leadership Program for 3,000 women.
    • Analyzed training needs and designed and developed multiple Instructor-Led Learning modules for American Express employees in U.S. and Australian markets. Wrote instructional guides and job aids.
    • Collaborated with Swiss Human Resources team to outline training needs and designed an Onboarding Program.
    • Recorded and edited over 2,000 voiceovers for Accenture eLearning.
    • Designed and implemented formative and summative assessments in 12+ Learning Management Systems using scenarios and incorporating storytelling.

Hobbies

Writing. Drawing. Spending time with my family.