Getting to Know: Dr. Kathleen Corpus

Kathleen Corpus, co-chair of the department of business administration and family and consumer sciences, has another achievement to add to her illustrious list.

Holding a BA from California State University at Sacramento, an MA from Washington State University, and a PhD from Kansas State University, Corpus has now earned the title of Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator (CPFFE) by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Corpus remarked that this certification has provided a chance to refine her skills and demonstrate her abilities in the areas of personal and family finance.

“It made me go back and review things that I hadn’t in a long time,” said Corpus. “We ask our students to be proficient – this is a way to show I keep up to date in that area.”

A fascination for personal and family finance and the influence it can have on students was the driving force for Corpus’ attainment of the CPFFE certification.

“I feel like I’m dedicated to what I’m doing,” said Corpus. “I’m playing a role in developing young lives and minds.”

Having commented that her favorite aspect of working at Shepherd is the students, Corpus’ dedication and passion for teaching has not gone unnoticed by her pupils.

Jessica Tiller, a senior business major, had nothing but praise for the FACS professor. “Dr. Corpus really cares about her students and she really wants you to succeed,” said Tiller. “She always found a way to present material in a way that was interesting and that made sense.”

Monica Monroe, a senior business major, added that “Dr. Corpus really puts time and effort into her lectures! She encourages you to participate and to have an active role in your community.”

Confirming her view on education and the classroom, Corpus stated, “We’re not only teachers, we’re learners as well.”

A faculty member at Shepherd since 2008, Corpus teaches various courses in the department of family and consumer sciences. Her course offerings for next semester include classes on apparel construction techniques, marriage relations, the cultural influences on clothing, consumer economics, and a FACS capstone.

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