Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs
Office: ACE 223E
B.S. 1976, Western Kentucky University
M.P.S. 1980, Western Kentucky University
Ed.D. 1993, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Shirley Malone-Fenner is Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology and Human Development at Wheelock College. Prior to becoming Dean in 2004, she served for 10 years as director of Wheelock's Urban Teacher Program.
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.
Before joining Wheelock, Malone-Fenner 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.