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Jennifer Stephens, PhD

Dr. Jennifer Stephens is an Educational Developer, supporting curriculum and faculty development, in the University Teaching and Learning Commons at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where she also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations. Dr. Stephens serves as the Coordinator of Residential College Development and as the Director of the Teacher Education Fellows Program at UNCG and also serves as a Copy Editor for the Journal of Education Policy, Planning and Administration and as an Editorial Consortium Member of the Journal of Ethical Educational Leadership. She holds a B.A. in Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.S. in Counseling from the North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in Cultural Studies from UNCG. Her research interests include school-university-community collaborations, culturally-responsive and critical place-based pedagogies, curriculum development and design, and innovative practices in teaching. Influencing her work with educators and students is a teaching philosophy that includes the following principles of teaching and learning: (1) Learning is a holistic endeavor that encompasses the intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the human experience; (2) teaching and learning are reciprocal processes involving both teachers and students; and (3) learning should extend beyond the classroom to the local and global communities in ways that are both practical (what is) and theoretical (what is possible). She lives in Hillsborough with her husband, Christopher Stephens, LCSW, and their two children, Natalie and Chris Jr.

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-


Full-time Faculty
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College of Doctoral Studies