Shannon Murphy Fennie


Name: Shannon Murphy Fennie

Position: Director, Center for Student Engagement July 2011-Present

Office location: TDC 205 (Student Forum)

Educational background: BA, History and Theater, The University of Scranton 1999; MS, College Student Personnel Administration, Canisius College 2002

Previous student affairs background: Assistant Director, Student Activities at Canisius College 2001-2003, Assistant Director, Campus Programs at Saint Joseph's University 2003-2006, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Orientation at The University of Scranton 2006-2007, Director, Student Activities and Orientation at The University of Scranton, 2007-2011

Current responsibilities: Orientation, Programming and Leadership Development Programs

Why did you choose a career in student affairs? I loved being involved in student activities and orientation during college. After graduation from the University, while working in professional theater, I realized that I wanted to do something that would truly make an impact-working with college students participating in co-curricular programs.  I enrolled in the masters program at Canisius College and have never regretted changing my career path!

What do you enjoy most about working in student affairs? I love to work directly with students, challenging them to reach their potential and beyond.  There is nothing more satisfying than helping a student succeed.

What advice would you give to a student considering a career in student affairs? Get as much experience as you possibly can during undergraduate and graduate school.  Take advantange of every opportunity.  You have no idea what areas of student affairs are going to interest you and what skills you will need in your future endeavours.