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Gloria Doherty

Gloria Doherty

Director of Education Technology and Hybrid Learning Programs


I love my job.

I am one of those lucky individuals riding the digital wave that is hitting us in Tsunami proportions. My career started in educational broadcast video production and now I find myself exploring virtual worlds. Go figure. 

My focus started on how we can make theological education available to as many people as possible. Today I can say that our focus is on how we can make this education available to EVERYONE. We can now be lifelong learners pursuing our passion at nano speed. Welcome aboard!

But here’s the most important part: This phenomenon is enabling us to develop authentic learning communities that are personal and transformational. This is why I’m so passionate about virtual learning spaces and global learning communities. We have the ability to engage each other in extended conversation that transforms knowledge into purpose and action. I love the ethos of the Portland Seminary learning community that says, “Your world is our classroom.”

Academic Background

MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1985; BA, Mass Communications, Minnesota State University, 1978

Expertise and Experience

Educational technology consultant
Instructional designer and developer with a focus on pedagogical methods for online education and communities
Media producer
Director of Media Services, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1987-1995
President and Executive Director, The Fisher’s Net, 1995-2006

Personal Interests

My passion is my family. My husband, Jim, is my inspiration. Our children, Jake and Elizabeth, give us daily doses of love and laughter. My mom, Beverly, provides an abundance of Grandma hugs. We drag each other out for bicycling, camping and hiking, a night at the movies, a walk for cancer, a run for local school physical education. And we all like to read a good book.

My strength is my church family. My husband is a pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Beaverton, Oregon. This congregation truly gives itself to the community, both locally and globally. We care deeply for each other and our world. I’ve discovered this kind of community with my George Fox colleagues. They are my extended church family.

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