EC 202 - Principles of Macroeconomics

EC 301 - Intermediate Microeconomics

Teaching Observation Reports

Selected Student Reviews

I really enjoyed having him as a teacher. He was a very amiable person, and really treated the students with respect and valued their time and opinions. He also challenged us to think through any conceptual misunderstanding we had yet would help when necessary. He was a no-nonsense teacher, and he was able to explain the material in a way that was easy to understand by the students. I really liked how he had in-class activities/question that were open for discussion as this allowed students to clear up any misunderstandings. Also, I appreciated how he had all homework assignments and one final exam rather than tests throughout the course; I have found that homework assignments keep you accountable for the material better than tests do, they allow you to find the exact areas where you are unclear on, and they greatly reduce stress.
-- EC 202, Fall 2015.
Professor Sheppard is very passionate about economics, and it shows in his teaching. He will go to the ends of the Earth to explain a concept until you understand it. He genuinely cares about his students learning the material rather than just passing the final exam.
-- EC 202, Fall 2015.
He is extremely helpful in class and encourages students to interact. He asks questions that spark thoughts. He cares deeply that students understand material and learn lessons beyond the classroom. His lectures are thorough and easy to understand.
-- EC 202, Fall 2015.
I really like the way the class was set up with the online grading. I did not feel like I was just doing homework, rather I was learning the material. It also makes me feel more comfortable and not as pressured going into the Final exam. I really enjoyed the set up of this class. It allowed the students who wanted to come and work hard feel like they have a good chance at a good grade. I wish more classes were set up like this.
-- EC 202, Fall 2015.
Awesome class overall! Quoted it to my friends as "the one class I'll take at State that I will probably get the most out of and remember once I graduate."
-- EC 202, Spring 2015.
He is very passionate and a good teacher. He is good at keeping people engaged and making sure that you understand the material before moving on.
-- EC 202, Spring 2015.
Made the classroom pretty fun, enjoyed the little jokes/off topic conversations that broke the tense atmosphere at times. Really good at going back over and explaining things.
-- EC 202, Spring 2015.
Mr. Sheppard is a really laid-back approachable guy. He is extremely smart and knows what he is talking about. No real weaknesses.
-- EC 202, Fall 2014.
Mr. Sheppard maintained a professional environment. He took time to explain material and encouraged student involvement and discussion, which helped course material become more applicable. He included real world examples to help tie the course material to relatable subjects.
-- EC 202, Fall 2014.
Great instructor. He explains everything very well and will spend time on concepts that we struggle with to make sure we understand it. He obviously knows his material very, very well and cares about it. Has a great personality and is a great teacher.
-- EC 202, Fall 2014.
Great teacher, very understanding, and always wants you to succeed.
--EC 301, Spring 2014.
Easy to follow, used real world examples to help connect the teachings to practical matters, was open-minded to students opinions on how the class should be run, very available for extra help outside of class, and most importantly was very good at keeping the class simple enough for those who are just fulfilling a requirement and not genuinely interested in economics while also making the class challenging and stimulating enough for students who were interested in economics and wanted to get a little more than just the basics.
-- EC 202, Fall 2013.
Parker was a great teacher. He made what would otherwise be absurdly difficult material, much easier to wrap my head around. Wish him the best of luck with the doctorate. All in all a pretty solid class.
-- EC 301, Summer 2013.
Mr. Sheppard is a great instructor. I did not find many things I did not like about him. I really found it helpful that he was willing to open the discussion at the beginning of class for questions. I feel that Parker intensively knows the course material. During several sessions there were questions or scenarios that seemed outside of the scope of 301 and he was always able to account for those specific questions with only material we were comfortable with. In addition, his approach to answers in class is very helpful. He makes the students walk him through the difficult sections of the problem, which really helps to retain a solving rhythm. I think I found that the most helpful thing he was did during the class.
-- EC 301, Summer 2013.
I really enjoyed the teaching style. When we started working out problems in class, that really helped with the problem sets and the test. Grading was very fair and the material was presented in a great way. Some students seemed to be unhappy with the teaching style, but in my opinion, they wanted to be spoon fed the information which can't always happen in intermediate/upper level courses.
-- EC 301, Spring 2013.
Liked your casual teaching style. It made asking questions and following along during class much easier.
-- EC 301, Spring 2013.
Sheppard is knowledgeable and very open to feedback from the class. He wants students to get a lot out of the course and is a fair grader as well.
-- EC 301, Spring 2013.