Shannon Groff, PhD

Contributing Faculty, EdD Program


Distance Programs


College of Health Sciences


Higher Education
Instructional Design


Doctor of Philosophy in Education Technology and eLearning/Teaching Online, Northcentral University
Master of Arts in Education with emphasis on English, University of North Florida
Bachelor of Arts in Education in Secondary English Education, University of North Florida

Research Interests

Using technology to enhance student learning and increase success and retention.
Community of Inquiry theoretical framework, engagement, and motivation in online learning environments.

Dr. Shannon Groff is a contributing faculty member for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) Online programs. She currently teaches in the Post-Professional programs.

Prior to joining USAHS, Dr. Groff  taught full time for Florida State College at Jacksonville. Dr. Groff has worked in higher education for more than 10 years of which she has experience in educational theory, course development and design, e-learning, quality assurance, student engagement, curriculum design, faculty training and development, and commitment to success.

Dr. Groff adheres to a belief in education that the key to successful motivation of learners is in building relationships while embracing educational theories in order to create positive learning environments. She holds a Master of Arts in Education from the University of North Florida, where she specialized in English. She also earned her Doctor of Philosophy from Northcentral University, where she focused on educational technology and e-learning. The focus of Dr. Groff’s research was to examine how audio feedback and innovation in online education generates motivation in adult learners and how that motivation, along with technological advances accessible in education, relates to success and retention in higher education.