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Professor Shelly Weeks-Channel Named 2013 Lindback Scholar

June 5, 2013

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Professor Shelly Weeks-Channel, was named the 2013 Lindbach Scholar at the May 18 Commencement program.

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Professor Shelly Weeks-Channel, was named the 2013 Lindbach Scholar at the May 18 Commencement program.

Professor Shelly Weeks-Channel was named the Cheyney University Lindback Scholar at the 2013 Commencement program held on May 18.   She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Leadership and teaches classes in Special Education, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Development and Sociology.

Dr. Weeks-Channel, a summa cum laude graduate of Cheyney State College, which is presently known as Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, earned a Bachelor of Science in special education. She  completed extensive graduate study, earning a Master of Education in educational administration, a Specialist in Education in special education and a Doctor of Philosophy in sociology, all with honors, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

A native Philadelphian, a great deal of Dr. Channel’s professional experience was gained within the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. During her illustrious career there, she rose through the ranks serving in roles that included classroom teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, and elementary school principal. Later, she returned to the East Coast, specifically to her home state of Pennsylvania, where she served a year as a secondary school principal. 

In 2006 Dr. Channel was appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Education and Leadership Studies at Cheyney University where she continues to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in early childhood education and special education. She has served as a faculty member in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and was promoted to the rank of associate professor and granted tenure.                   

Dr. Channel's research interests center on teaching styles related to the development of instructional model innovation. Other areas of focus include critical thinking, empowerment, persistence, and resiliency of Black males, entrepreneurship through social networks, healthy lifestyles, millennials, the sociology of education, and staff development. She has received many honors and awards for her  work in education.

In addition to serving as an associate professor at Cheyney and incoming Chair for the Department of Education and Leadership Studies, she is also active with teaching online at Nova Southeastern University where she provides adjunct faculty support in Organizational Leadership.   She is affiliated and/or holds memberships with  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,Operation ReachBack, Inc. and the American Sociological Association, the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Education Foundation.

A resident of Montgomery County, PA, Dr. Channel is married to husband G.T. with whom she has two adult children, daughter Genaye and son Sean. The time spent away from her position as an associate professor at Cheyney and, as of recently, the incoming Chair for the Department of Education and Leadership Studies is divided among several different activities. They include, but are not limited to teaching at another university, specifically Nova Southeastern University where she provides adjunct faculty support in Organizational Leadership; performing service within the community and for those organizations in which she is affiliated and/or holds memberships such as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., as well as Operation ReachBack, Inc. and the American Sociological Association, the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Education Foundation and spending time with family and close friends.  

Since 1961, the Lindback Foundation has recognized outstanding faculty members at colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Thanks to the vision and generosity of the late Christian R. Lindback, the president and principal owner of Abbotts Dairies, Inc. and a trustee of Bucknell University, along with his wife, Mary F. Lindback, excellence in education is celebrated through the foundation that bears their names. Currently 52 institutions of higher learning are participating in the program.