Amanda Shaffer was the Project Director for Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership (IDEAL) at Case Western Reserve University. She is currently Director of the Office of Faculty Develeopment at CWRU.
As Project Director for IDEAL Ms. Shaffer led the day-to-day planning, implementation and administrative functions, as well as coordinating the leadership development programs, the annual plenary conferences and annual reporting to NSF. She provided resources for the leadership development program including teaching materials, participant materials and web-based resources. In 2011 Ms. Shaffer received a Pay It FORWARD award to design and conduct a regional career development workshop series for pre-tenure women professors in STEM from six Northern Ohio research universities, which was subsequently renewed in 2012.
Since 2004 Ms. Shaffer has developed and implemented campus-wide climate improvement activities for faculty at Case Western Reserve University. Ms. Shaffer served as the CWRU Interim Faculty Diversity Officer from July 2007 through October 2009 where she was responsible for overseeing faculty affirmative action and investigating allegations of sexual harassment or discrimination. Prior to that, as the Manager of Faculty Diversity and Development Ms. Shaffer trained faculty search committees, created and led the faculty cultural competency sessions and workshops on subtle bias in promotion and tenure evaluation. She also designed the faculty diversity website and extensive online tools for use by committees, candidates and department chairs. From 2001 to 2004 she was a Consultant on Research Ethics for the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science also at CWRU.
Ms. Shaffer is a Gestalt Professional Certified Coach (GPCC) with International Coach Certification (ACC) and MA in Philosophy from Cleveland State University. Her additional training includes Negotiation and Mediation, Bullying and Mobbing in the Workplace, Mindful Facilitation and a Certificate in Women in Leadership from the Weatherhead School of Management. A founding member of both the Ohio Diversity Officers Collaborative (2008), and Red Hen Productions Feminist Theatre (1995), Ms. Shaffer serves on the boards of local nonprofit organizations and is active in a range of initiatives in her community.