Dr. Shepherd earned his Ed.D in Special Education from Ball State University. He earned his M.S. in Education in Emotional Disturbances from Indiana University South Bend and his B.S. in Education in Social Science Education from Indiana State University. He taught history for the Houston Independent School District, and for the Family and Children's Center in Mishawaka, Indiana. After receiving his M.S. in Special Education, he taught children with emotional and behavior disorders for Joint Educational Services in Special Education in Plymouth, Indiana, for eight years. He began his career in higher education as an Assistant/Associate Professor of Special Education at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas, in 1998. Since 2007, he has been an Associate Professor of Special Education and Department Chair at Indiana University South Bend. Dr. Shepherd is currently an Associate Dean at the School of Education at Indiana University South Bend.
- Bachelor's Degree in Social Science Education (minor English) from Indiana State University (1982).
- Master's Degree in Education (Emotional Disturbances) from Indiana University South Bend (1993).
- Doctor of Education in Special Education (cognate Educatonal Administration) from Ball State University (1998).
- Faculty member of Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas, from 1998-2007.
Emotional and Behavior Disorders
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
Shepherd, T. L., & Linn, D. (2014). Behavior and Classroom Management: Proactive, Active, and Reactive Strategies. SAGE Publications.
Shepherd, T. L. (2013). Enthusiasm, humor, and optimism. In R. L. Smith & D. Skarbek (Eds.), Professional teacher dispositions: Additions to the mainstream, Lanham, MD: R & L Education.
Skarbek, D. M., Shepherd, T. L. (2013). Knock, knock: Who’s there? The funny teacher: The funny teacher Who? Exactly! The need to use humor in the special education classroom. Israeli Journal of Humor Research, 1(4), 57-77.
Kurtz, K. K., & Shepherd, T. L. (2011). Meeting the needs of children with disabilities in Africa: Reflections from Ethiopia. Journal of International Special Needs Education, 14(1), 22-31
Shepherd, T. L. (2010). 정서행동장애학생의 이해와 교수전략 (Working with Students with Emotional and Behavior Disorders: Characteristics and Teaching Strategies). Sigma Press, South Korea.
Shepherd, T. L. (2009). Teaching dining etiquette to students with emotional and behavior disorders. Teaching Exceptional Children Plus, Article 2, http://escholarship.bc.edu/education/tecplus/vol5/iss5/art2
Shepherd, T. L. (2009). Working with Students with Emotional and Behavior Disorders: Characteristics and Teaching Strategies. Pearson-Merrill.