Skip to Content

Palmetto College

Faculty and Staff

Sher Downing, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Palmetto College Columbia
Palmetto College
Phone: 803-576-6045
Fax: 803-777-8840

901 Sumter Street,
Byrnes Building 302N
Columbia, SC 29208

Sher Downing


Dr. Downing brings over 30 years’ experience as an experienced executive in the post-secondary and education technology field in the divisions of academics and student services in public, private and for-profit institutions. Downing most recently served as Vice Chancellor, eLearning and currently is an assistant professor focusing on integrated technology.

Her experience includes leading teams of IT and instructional design staff in the development and delivery of online-, hybrid-, blended-learning and classroom activities for undergraduate, graduate and corporate training programs. She has served at senior administrative levels at several institutions, including private, community college and university campuses. She has spent the last 20 years launching online schools and programs and overseeing the design and development of academic, administrative and student services in a virtual environment. She has also served as senior online faculty and curriculum development specialist for several colleges and universities and as a private consultant for specialized degree programs in higher education and the private sector.

Downing’s research areas focus on the delivery of online programs including the transition of faculty teaching to new delivery methods and the influence of online retail efforts to learning applications.  She has served as an international and national presenter, author and been active in numerous eLearning organizations. She holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree, both with specializations in instructional design for online learning and a master’s degree in legal studies with a focus on intellectual property/copyright. She is a 2010 Lincoln Center Fellow from the Arizona Program for Policy Ethics and Leadership Fellow at ASU.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.