Shana L. Garrett, PhD, LPC, NCC


Dean/Vice President of Academic Affairs
2108 Belclaire Drive
Carrollton TX 75006, USA

Biography

Dr. Garrett is an authentic leader within the higher education industry with the savvy for both talent and business assessments involving dynamic situations and challenges while being focused on results and strategic resolutions. Dr. Garrett has been highly successful in the higher education field, both traditional and proprietary education for the past 20 years as a program administrator, dean, practitioner, as well as faculty.

Dr. Garrett has a highly effective management style that delivers an authentic approach to coaching and leadership within traditional and distance learning environments. Extensive experience in both ground and distance learning environments enhances her specializations in adult learning, as well as in start-up functions or corrective operations. She is well versed in contemporary adult learning concepts, instructional and content design, leadership assessment and organizational effectiveness.

Her development of a Pure Heart approach to leadership came from the realization that most of the time, the situation wasn’t personal, but more about her being a part of the solution to the work resolution or problem. After several years of experience with developing teams, talent, and turnarounds, she has been recognized as an organizational leader and mentor to both new talent, those needing a change, and fundamental in elevating the talents and specialties of others. Given her experience in business and academic operations, she is a strategic and creative thinker who develops systems and processes that support the individual employee and/or team, but ultimately delivers on driving personal, professional, and organizational productivity.

While higher education is her focus, she also has several years of experience within the counseling field, specializing in crisis intervention and trauma recovery. Dr. Garrett is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds the designation as a National Certified Counselor. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Saybrook University, her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas.

Education

• (2001-2009) PhD, Saybrook University
• (2001) Certificate in Geriatric Psychology, Capella University
• (1998-2000) MA, Pepperdine University
• (1993) Paralegal Certificate, University of North Texas
• (1987-1993) BA, University of North Texas

Research Interest

Scientific Activities

Publications

1. Garrett SL. Pure heart leadership: An authentic approach to leadership. Paper presented at: 12th Women’s Leadership and Empowerment Conference [Virtual Conference]; March, 2021.
2. Garrett SL. Pure heart leadership: An authentic approach to leadership. Paper presented at: The Oxford Women’s Leadership Symposium [Virtual Conference]; March 22, 2021.
3. Garrett SL. Pure heart leadership: An authentic approach to leadership. Paper presented at: Online Learning Consortium Innovate [Virtual Conference]; March 31- April 3, 2020.
4. Garrett SL. Pure Heart Leadership: An authentic approach to leadership. Paper presented at: United States Distance Learning Association Annual Conference [Virtual Conference]; July 21-24, 2020.
5. Garrett SL. Podcast Interview: Episode 12: Dr. Shana Garrett, Pure Heart Leadership. Website. https://rss.com/podcasts/usdla/59516/. Published July 21, 2020.
6. Garrett SL, Powell M. Leading through times of change: Navigating the higher education officialdom. Paper presented at: Leadership in Higher Education Annual Conference [Virtual Conference]; August 26, 2020.
7. Garrett SL. Pure Heart Leadership: An authentic approach to leadership. Paper presented at: Texas Distance Learning Annual Conference [Virtual Conference]; 2020.
8. Garrett SL. Pure Heart Leadership: An authentic approach to leadership. Paper presented at: Leadership in Higher Education Annual Conference; 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA.
9. Garrett SL. Pure Heart Leadership: An authentic approach to leadership. Paper presented at: 13th International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, Johns Hopkins University; 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA.
10. Garrett SL. Pure Heart Leadership: An authentic approach to leadership. Paper presented at: Leadership in Higher Education Annual Meeting; 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA.
11. Garrett SL, McCollum W. Change management for leaders: Design thinking for academic leaders. Paper presented at: National Faculty Meeting; 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA.
12. Garrett SL. State of the Union for the School of Public Policy and Administration. Paper presented at: National Faculty Meeting, Walden University; 2017; Washington, DC, USA.
13. Garrett SL. Professionalism and civility in the online classroom. Paper presented at: Texas Distance Learning Annual Conference; 2017; Galveston, TX, USA.
14. Garrett SL. Looking for a social change revolution? Let your faculty lead the charge. Paper presented at: Contemporary Issues Summit, Harvard University; 2017; Boston, MA, USA.
15. Garrett SL. State of the Union for the School of Public Policy and Administration. . Paper presented at: National Faculty Meeting, Walden University; 2017; Orlando, FL, USA.
16. Garrett SL. Promoting professionalism and cyber civility online. Paper presented at: Walden Faculty via the Center for Faculty Excellence [Virtual]; 2016.
17. Garrett SL, Hacker A. Using spiritual intelligence in the online classroom: Excellence through compassion. Paper presented at: Walden Faculty via the Center for Faculty Excellence [Virtual]; 2016.
18. Garrett SL. Faculty and Administrator Burnout. Paper presented at: the National Faculty Meeting, Walden University; 2016; Orlando, FL, USA.
19. Garrett SL. Being mindful in the academic and Online setting. Paper presented at: The National Faculty Meeting, Walden University; 2016; Orlando, FL, USA.
20. Garrett SL. State of the union for the proprietary education industry. Paper presented at: The National Faculty Meeting, Walden University; 2015; Washington, DC, USA.
21. Garrett SL. How savvy is your leadership style. Paper presented at: The Doctoral Symposium for Management and Computer Science Doctoral Students, Colorado Technical University; 2014; Colorado Springs, CO, USA.
22. Garrett SL. Guest Speaker: Debate Topic: Current State of Education Reform. [The Total Educator- Radio Show]; 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
23. Garrett SL. Keynote Speaker. Paper presented at: Faculty makes the difference in the Online Environment at Faculty Summit, Colorado Technical University; 2013; Colorado Springs, CO, USA.
24. Garrett SL. Presenter & Chair: Facilitating a Learning Community within the Online Environment. Paper presented at: The 2nd Global Conference on Virtual Learning Environments; 2012; Prague, Czech Republic.
25. Garrett SL. Academic Recovery for Online/On Ground Students. Paper presented at: International Conference on College Teaching and Instruction; 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA.
26. Garrett SL. Facilitating an Academic Community within the Virtual Learning Environment. Paper presented at: Texas Distance Learning Association Annual Conference; 2012; Dallas, TX, USA.
27. Garrett SL. Presenter & Chair: Gender Differences in reporting Vicarious Traumatization among Red Cross Case Workers. Paper presented at: First Global Conference on Trauma; 2011; Prague, Czech Republic.
28. Garrett SL. Cultivating Online Leaders in a Remote Environment. Paper presented at: United States Distance Learning Association; 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA.
29. Garrett SL. Academic Recovery Plan- Working with At-Risk Students. Paper presented at: The Argosy University Faculty Summit; 2010; Dallas, TX, USA.
30. Garrett SL. Managing Faculty Burnout for Online Faculty. Paper presented at: The South University Faculty Retreat; 2011; Savannah, Georgia.
31. Garrett SL. The Vision of the new South University Student-Using Technology to Enhance the Learning Experience. Paper presented at: The South University Faculty retreat; 2009; Savannah, Georgia.
32. Garrett SL. Triage Training for Student Advisors- Using Appreciative Advising and Appreciative Inquiry to Assist. Paper presented at: The South University student; 2009; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.