Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Shonda has worked in theological education for nearly 20 years and has served in multiple leadership roles. As a visionary higher education administrator, she has an established track record of providing strategic leadership at academic institutions, establishing best practices in recruitment and admissions, promoting diversity and inclusion, engaging student learning through teaching and co-curricular programming, and grant writing leading to substantial funds. Her dissertation, Graduate Theology School Choice: An Examination of Racial/Ethnic Minority Master of Divinity Students, looked closely at how the school choice process unfolded for racial/ethnic students enrolled in an MDiv program by listening to the individual narratives of these students and their habitus. Shonda’s scholarly interests include the intersection of theological school choice and race, and her focus broadly examines intercultural practices that promote communal thriving with and among faith leaders and faith communities. She teaches in the area of intercultural competency for ministry. Shonda is a ordained elder in The United Methodist Church (North Texas Annual Conference), certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), and trainer for intercultural communication.
BA, Texas Christian; MDiv, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian; EdD, University of Alabama
Ordained Elder, United Methodist Church
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