Dr. Shirley Malone-Fenner

Dr. Shirley Malone-Fenner
Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Shirley Malone-Fenner, Wheelock's most senior academic administrator, served as Dean of Arts and Sciences for eleven years and is Professor of Psychology and Human Development. Dean Malone-Fenner has assumed many academic and administrative roles during her 27 years as a member of the Wheelock Community. A clinical and developmental psychologist, she focuses her research on urban education, racial identity development, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and psychological support for military families. She helped develop Wheelock's racial and cultural development course and has led professional development workshops on racial and cultural identity. Prior to becoming Dean in 2004, she served for 10 years as director of Wheelock's Urban Teacher Program. Dean Malone-Fenner received tenure in 1993.

Before joining Wheelock, Shirley held several positions at Western Kentucky University, including psychology instructor, director of Scholastic Activities, and counselor learning specialist. Prior to that, she was a senior mental health specialist with the Barren River Mental Health Center.

She is the recipient of several awards, including the Gordon Marshall Research Award, The Black Excellence Award, and The Black Scholar's Award. She speaks and conducts workshops nationally and internationally on urban education, transformative leadership, curricula development, diversity, violence, and post-traumatic stress syndrome. She is also a certified facilitator with the Comer School Development program at the Yale Child Study Center. She holds a B.S. and M.P.S. from Western Kentucky University and an Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University.

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