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Cynthia Shafer

Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs


College of Arts and Sciences: Office of the Dean


Email: Cynthia Shafer
Phone: 937-229-2611
OR 102D


Ph.D., University of Dayton


Cindy has been at UD as an instructor in the English Department (1997-2004) and in the Department of Communication as an advisor (2004-12).

Research Interests

  • Acculturation strategies
  • Islamic culture
  • Women's and Gender studies
  • Identity development

Selected Publications & Presentations

"Muslim Women on the Catholic Campus: The Search for Identity, Community, and Understanding." American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA (April 2013).

"Identity Development in Muslim Female Students." Harvard University Graduate School of Education Student Research Conference. Cambridge, MA (April 2012).

"Observations from the Female Perspective: Muslim Women on a Catholic Campus."  Center for Islamic Studies National Conference. Baton Rouge, LA (February 2012).

"Building Online Communities for Doctoral Students. " Midwestern Educational Research Association Annual Conference. Columbus, OH (October 2008)