I am the founder of the Two Dollar Challenge, La Ceiba Microfinance, the Month of Microfinance, and the Poverty Action Conference.  I am also on the Board of Directors of Students Helping Honduras, a former Clinton Global Initiative University mentor, an Opportunity Collaboration alum and a 2014 Feast on Good Speaker. I am currently an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Mary Washington, IMAGINE Social Good’s 1st Social Good Fellow, and 2015 Social Impact Media Award Judge.

Those are Just Titles. Here is Who I Really Am

I am a blue collar professor. For most of the year, you can expect to see dirt under my fingernails. One of my favorite smells is burning biomass. The Ohio River runs through my veins. And, no matter how far I travel, the hills of Kentucky are never too far away. I have a knack for mobilizing grassroots movements on a shoe-string budget. My pedagogy was forged on the gridiron. Three bullies and a bathroom determined the path of social justice I walk today.

I am a Tribal Teacher. I am a Diligent Do-Gooder. I am a Global Grassroots Mobilizer.

If I had to make a quick escape, there are 3 books that I would grab:

  1. Douglass C. North “Institutions, Institutional Change, and Economic Performance”
  2. Steven Pressfield “The War of Art”
  3. Paulo Freire “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”

My current theme song is “We Come Running” by Youngblood Hawke

The best compliment I ever received was from a student who told me that I was “10 pounds of cool in a 5 pound bag.”

And, one of my life goals is to do a one-arm pull up.

I blog to give half-time speeches, explore the Do’s and Don’ts of being a Do-Gooder, and articulate my personal pedagogy of Tribal Teaching.

There are three things I want you to walk away with:

  1. We teachers are in the liberation business.
  2. In the story of poverty’s end, we can only be sidekicks.
  3. No matter your starting point, you already have the pedigree to kick ass.

My Top Posts

If you are new to my blog, you may want to start by reviewing some of my top posts in the following categories:

Do’s and Don’ts for Do-Gooders

Halftime Speeches

Tribal Teacing

My Biography

Born and raised in North Bend, OH, I earned my BA in Economics from Earlham College (Richmond, IN), my MA in Economics at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA), and after having read Douglass C. North’s Institutions, Institutional Change, and Economic Performance headed to Washington University in St. Louis where I earned my PhD in Economics.

My first position was in the Economics Department at California State University San Marcos. My wife Kyra and I lived in San Diego (specifically, Hillcrest). When we got pregnant with our son Dillon, we headed to Virginia to be with family. We live in Richmond and spend a lot of our time in the mountains around Charlottesville (with family). Most of my free time is spent in the garden (my specialty is native perennials), working out, or  doing archery.

My Contact Information

You can contact me via e-mail: shumphre@umw.edu

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