Sharon Jumper joined the Army at age 17 in order to earn money for her college education. She served for four years as a signals intelligence analyst, completing tours of duty on the DMZ in Korea and at the National Security Agency. Military service is a family tradition that runs strong in her family- not only were her fathers, uncles, and grandfathers all veterans, but Sharon married a fellow soldier, and their two sons have also served in the military - one in the Army, the other in the Marine Corps.
Sharon earned a B.A. in Government from Wofford College; a Master's in Public Administration, with a concentration in Public Management and Leadership, from Walden University; and a J.D. (Law) from Wake Forest University. Prior to entering academia, she practiced criminal defense, civil rights, and corporate litigation in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels for 10 years.
She has been a professor since 1996. In addition to teaching online for many universities over the years, Sharon spent three years teaching undergraduate students while abroad in the United Arab Emirates and China. Her current faculty affiliations are UMUC, UCLA-Extension, Broward College, University of Saint Mary, St. Thomas University, and Baker College. Her research interests, presentations, and publications include Socratic teaching, competency-based assessment strategies, microfinance, entrepreneurship, negotiation strategies, strategic planning, post-conflict development, faculty training, and law.
Sharon lives in fabulous Miami Beach, with her husband and dog. When she is not working or traveling, she enjoys boating, relaxing on the beach, and Latin and Ballroom dance.