Part-time Instructor of Leadership
Northwest Building
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Shawna L. Lafreniere, Ph.D., CF-LSP, is an associate professor in the Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. 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 co-lead the Designing Significant Learning Experiences Institute for APU faculty.

A native of Canada and a recent 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.

Research & Scholarship


Ph.D. in Higher Education

Awards & Honors

2014                  Nominated by students for the Distinguished Teaching Award at Trinity Western University

2010                  Selected for Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Assessment Leadership Academy

2008                  Inducted into Alpha Chi honor society – top ten percent of graduate students at Azusa Pacific University
2004                  Inducted into Pi Lambda Theta – an international honor society and professional association in education
2003                  Awarded a full scholarship for Ph.D. studies as an International Leadership Scholar at Azusa Pacific University

2001                  Recipient of the National Association of Christian College Admission Personnel National Service Award for Canada

2001, 2000        Nominated as one of the Top 40/Under 40 leaders in Canada

Recent Publications

Lafreniere, S. L. (2019). God first leadership educators: Christian leadership educator identity and faith integration. In D. R. Dunaetz (ed.), God first: Essays in honor of Michael M. Whyte and Gary D. Lemaster. (pp. 121-130). Claremont, CA: Martel Press.

Longman, K. A., & Lafreniere, S. L. (2012). Moving beyond the stained glass ceiling: Preparing women for leadership in faith-based higher education. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 14(1), 45-61.

Lafreniere, S. L. (2009). Women’s leadership development in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities: A review of the history and impact of the Women’s Leadership Development Institute. Commissioned white paper for the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

Lafreniere, S. L., & Longman, K. A. (2008). Gendered realities and women’s leadership development: Participant voices from faith-based higher education. Journal of Christian Higher Education, 7, 388-404.

Affiliations & Memberships

  • International Leadership Association
  • Harvard Business Review Advisory Council


Lafreniere has expertise in leadership studies, gender and leadership, spiritual formation, teaching and learning, and conflict management.

Courses Taught

  • LDRS 302 Historical Concepts & Theories
  • LDRS 303 Contemporary Leadership Approaches
  • LDRS 400 Negotiation & Conflict Resolution