Shawna L. Lafreniere, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology
Phone: (626) 815-5389
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Shawna L. Lafreniere, Ph.D., has been a faculty member at APU since 2009. 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.


  • 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, Briercrest Biblical Seminary

Academic Area

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


  • 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 502 – Cornerstones of Christian Leadership
  • LDRS 520 – Understanding Vocation in a Changing World
  • 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

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