Sharon M. Scapple, PhD

Sharon Scapple

Title: Professor Emeritus

Location: Hawley, Minnesota, United States

Sharon Scapple, Professor Emeritus, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in literature.

Dr. Scapple became involved in her profession because a professor in her undergraduate studies recognized her desire for teaching. Coupling this interest with her enjoyment of working with young people and writing, she decided to pursue a PhD in writing for children’s literature. Visual art had been her first passion and paved the way for her introduction to teaching English. Throughout her many career achievements, the one that still stands out to her is a letter she received from a former student who recognized her value and influence. The letter meant so much to Dr. Scapple that it now hangs on her wall as a reminder to the work that she did.

Dr. Scapple was set on her own academic journey at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1969. She later received a Master of Science in English from Winona State University in 1974 and a PhD in children’s and adolescent literature from the University of Minnesota in 1983. She retired in 2019 from Minnesota State University after teaching at the institution for nearly two decades. Prior to providing her skills and expertise in this venture, she taught at the University of Wisconsin in River Falls, the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas, Metropolitan State University and Normandale Community College. Earlier in her career, Dr. Scapple was an English teacher at Shawano High School and Marshfield High School. Furthermore, she became the owner of Black Bear Studio in 2018.

With Black Bear Studio, Dr. Scapple endeavors to install two log cabin studios and continue her work in lithography and screen printing art. She also does printmaking at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. At the same time, she is mentoring three people in writing children’s books and writing her own work. Dr. Scapple has received several accolades for her work, including receiving the Academy Affairs Teaching Excellence Award and being nominated for Outstanding Advising at Minnesota State University in 2005, and being named Teacher of the Month in 2004. During her time at Metropolitan State University, she received the Outstanding Teach of the Year Award in 1991. Furthermore, Dr. Scapple was the recipient of several faculty development grants.

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