Directory & Faculty Profiles

Alverna M. Champion, MA, MBA, PhD

I grew up in southwest Louisiana and attended school in New Orleans where I earned a BA from Dillard University; on to Wellesley College where I earned an MA then to Ann Arbor where I acquired a Ph.D. and an MBA from The University of Michigan. I retired from Grand Valley State University; Grand Rapids, Michigan after teaching mathematics and statistics for many years. Now that I have returned to my roots, I just love getting reacquainted with so many old friends while at the same time making lots of new ones. Even though retired, I took a position overseeing the virtual learning program in the Lafayette Parish School System. In the evenings, I teach at the University of Phoenix. Sometimes I am so very tired that I feel I can't go a step farther as I scurry off to meet my class. However, once I get into the class and start working with my students, answering questions, and providing feedback the tiredness just dissipates. I have been teaching at our local UoPX campus for six years, and this is my third year with UoPX School of Advanced Studies. Plants, flowers, and gardening are my passions. Heirloom tomatoes steal my heart every summer. I enjoy traveling. I spent my most recent vacation in China: sightseeing, enjoying Opera, having tea at a Buddhist Temple and visiting several manufacturing sites.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


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College of Doctoral Studies