Shanna Benjamin Selected for National Leadership Program

Lisa Lacher

Shanna G. Benjamin, associate dean and associate professor of English, is one of 45 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the 2017–18 Senior Leadership Academy. 

The academy is designed to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division in independent higher education. 

“Professor Benjamin’s breadth of experience, including work in inclusive teaching and learning, mentoring, and development, make her especially well-suited for this opportunity,” says Michael E. Latham, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College.  

Benjamin looks forward to merging her theoretical work in the academy with her practical work in the dean’s office. “I am honored to be part of such an energetic and diverse group of up-and-coming leaders,” she says. 

Benjamin will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the academic year, as well as participate in opening and closing seminars.

Benjamin is a literary critic and biographer who studies the literature and lives of black women. Her term as associate dean at Grinnell began in January 2017.  


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