Cynthia Shafer

Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs
College of Arts and Sciences: Office of the Dean

  • Location: OR 102D
  • Phone: 937-229-2611
  • Email: Contact


Cindy has been at UD as both an instructor in the English Department (1997-2004) and in the Department of Communication as an advisor (2004-2012). She earned an M.A. (English Literature) at UD and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership here as well. As an Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs, she utilizes what she learns in her doctoral studies when working with students on an everyday basis.

The Staff Perspective

UD is a friendly place to work. I have been impressed in particular by its friendliness toward families (I am the working mother of four school aged children). My supervisors have always allowed me the flexibility to do my job in a way that helps me balance work and family. The UD Marianist ethic is evident to me.


  • Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, University of Dayton (2012)
  • M. A. in English Literature, University of Dayton (1996)
  • B.A., Miami University (1986)