Jon Shepard is Head and Pamplin professor of Management at Virginia Tech. His current area of specialization is Ethics in Business.
He obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University, M.A. from the University of Kentucky, and B.A. from Georgetown University.
While an undergraduate at Georgetown, Jon was inspired and nurtured by his Sociology professor, Richard Scudder. His goal, in turn, has been to stimulate his students to become more active learners, and to provide them with life-long benefits from the slant on social life that sociology provides.
“Sociology--with its perspectives, concepts, theories, and research findings—offers a window on the social forces that affect us all daily. This perspective is vital for students as they grapple to understand the social factors that promote patterned behavior in themselves and others.”
After completing his Ph.D., Jon taught introductory sociology and the sociology of organizations at the University of Kentucky. He also has taught courses in Business and Professional Ethics, Ethical and Regulatory Environment, Law, Business and Society, Organization Behavior, Organization Theory and Principles of Management.
For 14 years, he led the Virginia Tech Department of Management. Jon has received numerous teaching awards at both universities, including the University of Kentucky Great Teacher Award.
He is the author of 10 books and more than 40 professional journal articles, as well as a journal referee, and has presented at academic conferences around the world.
Jon is a member of the Academy of Management and the American Sociological Association.