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Shawna L. Lafreniere, Ph.D.

Director of Curricular Effectiveness
Adjunct Professor, Department of Communication Studies, M.A. in Leadership Program, Leadership Minor
Phone: (626) 815-5389
Shawna L. Lafreniere, Ph.D., has been a faculty member at APU since 2009. Prior to her arrival, she founded the Christian Higher Education Enrollment Association of Canada and the Canadian Christian College Tour, for which she was nominated twice as one of the “Top 40, Under 40” leaders in Canada. With expertise in leadership studies, gender issues and leadership, student learning assessment, and program review, Lafreniere teaches leadership and research courses and directs the academic and cocurricular assessment and program review activities of the university.


  • Ph.D., Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University
  • M.A., Leadership, Trinity Western University
  • B.A., Christian Education, Briercrest College


  • WASC Assessment Leadership Academy
  • Certificate of the Seminary, Theology, Briercrest Biblical Seminary


School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences

  • Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Department of Communication Studies


  • Leadership
  • Teaching/Learning

Courses Taught

  • COMM 420 – Conflict Management
  • LDRS 201 – Foundations for Leadership
  • LDRS 322 – Leadership Strengths and Skills
  • LDRS 595 – Capstone Project in Leadership
  • MLOS 500 – Research in Organizations
  • MLOS 561 – Conflict and Negotiation in Organizations