This website is best viewed in a browser that supports web standards.

Skip to content or, if you would rather, Skip to navigation.

Northwest Missouri State University

Alisha Francis

Alisha Francis



2330 Colden Hall


660.562.1731 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2006

Associate Professor

Assistant Director


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
    • Specialty in Organizational Psychology with a Certificate in Women's Studies Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO)
  • Master of Science (Research) in Psychology
    • Specialty in Organizational Psychology Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO)
  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Majors in Psychology and Business Administration, Communication Minor
    • Summa Cum Laude
    • Stephens College (Columbia, MO)

Courses Taught

  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Experimentation
  • Psychology of Leadership

Academic Interests

  • Stress and stress reduction
  • Higher Education culture, philosophy, and change
  • The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Undergraduate research

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications

  • Skoglund, K., Millard, L., Francis, A., Nagle, L., & Brand, S. (2015). Variety is the spice of mentoring life: A UK-US partnership highlights opportunities and benefits (a.k.a. Peer to peer academic mentoring: An international consideration of shared approaches and literature). Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 9, 1-23.
  • Francis, A.L. (2015, August 31). What lies beneath: Online teaching and implications for professional identity.  [Review of the book Teaching Online: A Guide to Theory, Research, and Practice]. PsycCRITIQUES—Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 60 (35).
  • Francis, A.L., & Hicks, J. (2014, October 20). The scientist–practitioner divide at work: Designing bridges while hoping for tectonic shift.  [Review of the book The Nature of Work: Advances in Psychological Theory, Methods, and Practice]. PsycCRITIQUES—Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 59 (42).
  • Toomey, D., & Francis, A.L. (2013). Branded product placement and pre-teenaged consumers: Influence on brand preference and choice. Young Consumers, 14, 180-192.
  • Francis, A.L., Edwards, C., & Reinert, D.F. (2012). Traumatization and television news viewing: Implications for leadership. The Journal of Organizational Leadership and Business, 7(1).  
  • Francis, A.L., & Flanigan, A. (2012). Self-Directed Learning and Higher Education practices: Implications for student performance and engagement.  MountainRise: The International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 7(3).
  • Barnett, J., & Francis, A.L. (2012). Using higher order thinking questions to foster critical thinking: A classroom study. Educational Psychology, 32, 201-211.
  • Francis, A.L., & Barnett, J. (2012). The effect and implications of a “self-correcting” assessment procedure. Teaching of Psychology, 39, 38-41.

Student Group Advisement

  • Co-advisor, Social Sciences Research Group

Other Professional Experiences

  • Advisor with the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education
  • Former Director of the Teaching and Learning Center
  • Former Director of the Freshman Seminar Program
  • Certified Yoga Instructor (CYT200)