S. Lynn Shollen

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

Lynn Shollen

Associate Professor
Department Chair

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. S. Lynn Shollen is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Department Chair in the Department of Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University. She teaches the courses Self, Group, and Leadership; Theories and Perspectives on Leadership; Women in Leadership; Leadership in Sport; and, Values Leadership. She mentors students for participation in the International Leadership Association undergraduate case study competition, and for proposing and presenting their research at scholarly conferences. She also includes 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 interdisciplinary collaboration with six colleagues across the US on the development of a model of leadership identity construction, and an examination of heteronormative bias in the research and literature on women and leadership. 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.

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