Shawna L. Lafreniere, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology
Phone: (626) 815-5389
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Biography

Shawna L. Lafreniere, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology. Prior to joining the department, she worked for 8 years in APU’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment as the director of curricular effectiveness, giving leadership to the academic and cocurricular assessment and program review efforts. With a passion for teaching and learning, she continues to colead the Designing Significant Learning Experiences Institute for APU faculty.

A native of Canada and a new U.S. citizen, 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 and given a full scholarship for her Ph.D. studies. With expertise in leadership studies, gender and leadership, spiritual formation, teaching and learning, and conflict management, Lafreniere primarily teaches in the Master of Arts in Leadership program.

Education

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

Credentials/Certifications

  • WASC Assessment Leadership Academy
  • Certificate of the Seminary, Briercrest Biblical Seminary
  • Design Thinking Teaching and Learning Studio, Stanford University
  • Certified LEGO Serious Play Facilitator, Association of Master Trainers

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology

Expertise

  • Conflict Management
  • Gender and Leadership
  • Leadership Studies
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Teaching and Learning

Courses Taught

  • COMM 420 – Conflict Management
  • LDRS 201 – Foundations for Leadership
  • LDRS 322 – Leadership Strengths and Skills
  • LDRS 501 – Foundations of Leadership Theory
  • LDRS 502 – Cornerstones of Christian Leadership
  • LDRS 516 – Leadership Development and Practice
  • LDRS 561 – Group and Conflict Issues in Leadership
  • LDRS 595 – Capstone Project in Leadership
  • MLOS 500 – Research in Organizations
  • MLOS 561 – Conflict and Negotiation in Organizations