S. Lynn Shollen - Directory - Christopher Newport University


S. Lynn Shollen

Department of Leadership and American Studies - Center for Sustainability in Education - Honors Program

Lynn Shollen

Associate Professor

Luter Hall 213A
(757) 594-7557


  • Ph D in Educational Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota
  • MS in Physical Therapy, Ithaca College
  • BS in Clinical Science, Ithaca College


Leadership Studies


Identity work and the faculty to administrator transition
Identity and perceptions of leadership
Leadership identity construction
Teaching and learning about women and leadership


Dr. Lynn Shollen is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Department Chair in the Department of Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University. While Dr. Shollen teaches an array of core leadership studies courses, she developed Leadership in Sport and Women and Leadership as electives for the curriculum. She also developed Sport Leadership in Nordic Culture as a study abroad to Sweden and Iceland, and recently led a semester-long program at University of Glasgow in Scotland for which she developed the course Leadership within Scottish National Culture. Dr. Shollen mentors students for participation in the International Leadership Association undergraduate case study competition, and for proposing and presenting their research at scholarly conferences. She has also included undergraduate student research assistants on her various research projects. Dr. Shollen’s research interests include identity work and the faculty to administrator transition, identity and perceptions of leadership, leadership identity construction, and teaching about women and leadership. She has published articles in the journals Leadership, Journal of Leadership Education, Academic Medicine, and American Academic, as well as book chapters. Dr. Shollen’s current projects include a large qualitative study of the effect on identity for faculty who moved into academic administration, an examination of heteronormative bias in the research and literature on women and leadership, and an annual, national survey project on attitudes about leadership within the United States. Her early research focused on faculty mentoring, particularly for women and racial minority faculty, including those interested in pursuing administrative leadership roles. She co-authored the book Faculty Success Through Mentoring: A Guide for Mentors, Mentees, and Leaders. Dr. Shollen has served as Vice-President of the Faculty Senate, Chair of University Chairs, on the Covid-19 Faculty Crisis Response Team, and on the advisory board for CNU’s Center for Effective Teaching. She recently became faculty leader of the LGBTQ+ and Allies Faculty-Staff Affinity Group. She chaired the International Leadership Association’s Women and Leadership Affinity Group in 2017 and continues to serve in emerita capacity on the Executive Leadership Team. She co-led the Women and Leadership Transatlantic Dialogue in Brussels, Belgium. Dr. Shollen also provides leadership consulting for academic departments and other teams within and outside of higher education.

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