Jessica Shields | Educator, Web Developer, Graphic Designer


An innovative educator with 14 years of experience instructing students. Driving personalized success by identifying relevant patterns and developing targeted solutions. Worked to increase student outcomes and thrive in an environment that requires independent problem-solving skills and creative solution deployment.


M.F.A | Savannah College of Art and Design

2012 | Savannah, GA | Major: Graphic Design

B.A. | Georgetown College

2006 | Georgetown, KY | Summa Cum Laude | Major: Graphic Design

Teaching Experience

October 2017 – Present

Founder | College Study Smarts

College Study Smarts delivers high-quality strategies, resources, and study tips for college students who are also working full-time and want to become better students.

March 2013-Present

Instructor | Western Governors University

Serve as a subject matter expert, facilitating student learning. Produce interactive instructional videos, write supplemental course content, write assessment items, and provide personalized coaching and development.

Courses taught:

  • Web Development Foundations (HTML & CSS)
  • Web Development Applications (Advanced HTML5, CSS3, & JavaScript)
  • Web Programming (JavaScript)
  • Software II (PERL)
  • Scripting and Programming Foundations (Python)
  • User Interface Design
  • User Experience Design


Adjunct Professor of Design | University of Kentucky, Lexington KY

Online course development for the Arts Administration Program in the College of Fine Arts. Developed course material for a graduate course, Arts Administration Technologies, and taught the course online. Developed instructional videos and tutorials to supplement student learning.

Courses taught:

  • Arts Administration Technologies


Adjunct Professor of Design | Georgetown College, Georgetown KY

Taught upper-level courses in graphic design. Developed curriculum for each course, facilitated guest speakers from within the industry, student internships, and advised students on thesis projects and graduate school applications.

Courses Taught:

  • Brand Identity
  • Publication Design
  • Web Design

Professional Experience


Web Coordinator | Georgetown College, Georgetown KY

Initiated campus-wide conversion of the website to a content management system, collaborated with over 18 different departments, designed and maintained approximately 75 websites, supervised student interns on projects such as website maintenance, logo creation, and publication design, and created online event registration and payment collection for 20 departments.

Designed and sent 15 email campaigns monthly and increased email database from 2,500 to 8,000 addresses.


Graphic Designer & Web Master | King’s Publishers, Mayfield, KY

Designed and maintained the website, created brochures for the promotion of non-profit division, facilitated and led 30 adults and youth on an international trip, and managed funds for group travel expenses.

Seminars & Presentations

July 2011

“Web 2.0 in the Classroom” | Picturing America School Collaboration Conference, Frankfort, KY

Led seminars on Web 2.0 technology in the classroom for teachers in the public and private K-12 school systems. Also recorded and edited podcasts to be used with the conference. Facilitated group discussion in large group conference sessions.

March 2011

“Taking Your Print Designs Online” | Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing and Sales, Lexington, KY

Developed and led an intensive three-week web design course for the in-house graphic designers. Created all course curriculum and facilitated interactive hands-on instruction for attendees.

February 2010

“Online Marketing Fundamentals” | Business Department Invited Speaker Series, Georgetown College, Georgetown KY

Spoke to undergraduate students and faculty in the business department about ways to utilize online media in marketing and public relations.

Certifications Earned

CIW Advanced HTML5 & CSS3 Specialist (Jan 2017)

CIW User Interface Designer (June 2016)

CIW JavaScript Specialist (Sept 2013)

CIW Web Design Specialist (July 2013)

CIW CIW Site Development Associate (Jan 2017)

Microsoft Technology Associate: Web Development Fundamentals (July 2013)