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Alisha Francis

Alisha Francis



2350 Colden Hall



Joined Northwest in 2006



  • 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)