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Sharon Jumper, JD, BA

Sharon Jumper, JD, BA

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Like many of my students over the years, my parents lacked the money to pay for me to attend college. At age 17, I joined the Army so I could get a college education. I served in the U.S. Army, as a military intelligence analyst, from 1983-87. I was stationed near the DMZ in Korea for a year, then served two years at the National Security Agency.
I earned a B.A. in Government from Wofford College, in 1989, a J.D. (Law) from Wake Forest University in 1992, a Master's in Public Administration (2015) and Post-Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management (2016) from Walden University.

After finishing my JD, I practiced criminal defense, civil rights, and corporate litigation in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels for 10 years. I've also done microfinance work in Afghanistan and Morocco.

I enjoy teaching adult learners because I was one myself. I know how difficult it is to work and raise children while attending school full time. My sons are now grown and college graduates (and I survived!)

I'm what is known as an "accidental academic." After law school, I swore I'd never go back to school for any reason other than parent-teacher conferences…and I tried to get out of those when I could. I had a friend whose father was a college president and back in 1996, I received a call out of the blue on a Friday, asking me if I'd be interested in teaching an MBA course the following Monday to replace a faculty member that had bailed at the last minute. I said, "Sure, why not?" and have been teaching ever since.

I have over 20 years of progressive leadership experience higher education, with expertise in development, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of challenging and inspiring curricula.

In addition to teaching online for many universities over the years, I spent three years teaching undergraduate students while abroad in the United Arab Emirates and China. My current faculty affiliations are UMUC, UCLA-Extension, Broward College, Excelsior College, and Baker College. Most recently, I supervised the development and launch of courses in eight new online graduate programs at the University of Miami.

I live in fabulous Wilton Manors (Fort Lauderdale), with my husband and dog. I enjoy working, lounging by the pool, cooking, and traveling.

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