Assistant Teaching Professor
Dr. Shannon Alpert spent the first 15 years of her career leading projects and teams responsible for creating learning solutions in the telecommunications and financial services industries. She also consulted with K-8 and higher education organizations on project and portfolio management while also teaching online graduate courses at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Dr. Alpert joined Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies at the end of 2014 and served for over 6 years in the Doctor of Education (EdD) program. She was the lead faculty for the Integrative Studies concentration of the EdD program, principal instructor for the Advanced Research Design course, and dissertation chair for over 30 doctoral research projects. In 2021, Dr. Alpert joined the Professional Programs domain as a principal instructor for the Bachelor of Science in Project Management. In 2022, she became Faculty Lead for Project Management programs, including the Master of Science in Project Management, Bachelor of Science in Project Management, and graduate certificate programs.
Dr. Alpert's research interests include action research related to faculty technology adoption and faculty use of learning management systems, as well as exploration of project management practices in academic settings. She is currently co-principal investigator for a study examining the influence of learning management systems on course discussions in graduate programs.
In addition to serving on a variety of committees and working groups across the University, Dr. Alpert has served as an elected member of the College of Professional Studies Faculty Academic Council, vice chair for the Professional Standards Committee, a member of the Faculty Elections Committee, and a member of the Financial Affairs Committee for the Faculty Senate. Outside of the University, she is an active volunteer for wildlife conservation and serves as a community board member with a focus on addressing housing insecurity.
Dr. Alpert earned her undergraduate (English/secondary education) and master's (instructional technology) degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She earned her doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also holds certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Green Belt.
EducationEdD from University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2011)
2014 - Present: Northeastern University, College of Professional Studies - Assistant Teaching Professor
2014 - 2016: Charlotte Preparatory School - Project Manager
2011 - 2014: University of North Carolina at Charlotte, College of Education - Faculty Member
2011: University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Information Technology Services Program Office - Project Consultant
1997 - 2009: Bank of America - Senior Vice President
1995 - 1996: AT&T - Project Manager and Instructional Technologist
1994 - 1995: Hall County School System - High School English Teacher
Professional Activities & Accomplishments
Selected Publications and Presentations
- Alpert. S. A., Dean, M., & Ewell, W. (in press). Preparing educational leaders through action research. Action Research.
- Alpert. S. A., & Crocker, W. (2021, September). Faculty innovation in a new LMS: Using Tools and Work arounds. Paper presented at the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies faculty conference, Boston, MA.
- Alpert, S. A., & Seldin-Cohen, J. (2019, November). Building, sustaining, and renewing partnerships. Paper presented at the Northeastern University Nework for Experiential Teaching and Learning (NExT) Dialogue on Inclusive Prosperity.
- Alpert. S. A. Mahler, E., & Watwood, B. (2019, September). Best practices in learning design: Aligning objectives, strategies, and assessments to enhance the learning experience. Paper presented at the Northeastern University College of Professional Studies faculty conference, Boston, MA.
- Alpert, S. A. (2019, August). Risk management: Tools, techniques, and challenges. Paper presented ta the Project Management Institute - Nashville Chapter Annual Symposium, Nashville, TN.
- Alpert, S. A. & McNabb, J. (2019, July). Developing your academic voice. Paper presented at the Northeastern University Graduate School of Education Residency, Boston, MA.
- Alpert, S. A. (2019, April). Collaboration is key: The importance of including learning and support partners in projects. Paper presented at the Project Management Institute – Nashville Chapter, Nashville, TN.
- Donlan, P., & Alpert, S. A. (2018). Faculty lived experiences integrating technology-assisted educational practices into an entry-level physical therapy curriculum. Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 32(1), 87-93.
- Project Management Institute (PMI)
- Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
- International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
- Bank of America, Spirit Medallion for Risk Rating Scorecard Project: 2007
- Bank of America, Customer Experience Leadership Award: 2002, 2003
- Bank of America, Summer Intern Manager of the Year: 2001