Skip Sub Menu

Molly R. Shepard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Practice in Leadership and Organizational Behavior

Dr. Molly R. Shepard holds the position of Assistant Professor of Practice in Leadership and Organizational Behavior in the Zimpleman College of Business. Additionally, she serves as Co-Director of the Leadership Development Master of Science program within the School of Education at Drake University. Before joining the academic realm at Drake, Dr. Shepard had a diverse career in the private sector, where she held various leadership roles, primarily in the field of purchasing and materials management. Her expertise also extended to project consulting, training, and development, as well as continuous improvement and strategic planning. Dr. Shepard's scholarly pursuits are driven by her interests in cultural competency development and the impact of positive psychology on effective leadership. Her research in these domains has contributed to an enhanced understanding of leadership practices across diverse cultural contexts. She holds a B.A. in International Management and French from Central College, and a MBA with an emphasis in International Business from Loyola University in Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Education Leadership from Drake University.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-2361
Address: 2847 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber Hall 342


  • B.A., Central College
  • MBA, Loyola University - Chicago
  • Ph.D., Drake University

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership Theory and Applications
  • Cultural Competency and Study Abroad Programming
  • Systems Thinking and Continual Improvement
  • Research Methods
Zimpleman News