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Sha-Shonda Porter, PhD, MFA

Sha-shonda Porter is a writer, a public speaker, a powerful coach, and a compelling teacher! She has proven time and time again that setting goals, focusing one's energy, and persevering produces desired results. One of her favorite poetic lines, "Life aint been no crystal stair," is indicative of the many struggles she has overcome. However, her willingness to share her own personal truths along with her strategies for overcoming, transforms the negative into positive. Her message is one of hope, compassion, revival, and transformation. Her primary objective is to help others to discover their life purpose and empower them to fulfill it. A first-generation college graduate, Sha-shonda has a BA in Writing and Literature; an MFA in Creative Writing; and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Humanities and Culture. Her research produced a groundbreaking, analytical method and tool, Racial Identity Development Criticism (RIDC). A practical, interventionist, pedagogical approach to reading and discussing race, RIDC responds to the need for practical tools in multicultural education and discourse. Sha-shonda has published various poems, short stories, and academic articles. In 2012, she published her first novel, The Devil Stopped By. She is a dynamic speaker, gifted with the ability to speak into the lives and hearts of people in a way that empowers and transforms.

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