Professor and Academic Leader
Dr. Lord attended West Virginia University, where she earned her B.A. degree. While there, she was a Phi Beta Kappa and a West Virginia Board of Governors Achievement Scholar. Having been awarded a National Defense Education Act four-year Fellowship, she received her M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1970) from Indiana University. During her eleven-year career as a professor of educational and counseling psychology at the University of Tennessee (1969-80), she created a visionary curriculum and textbooks in gender-fair approaches to education, psychology of women, Appalachian studies and cultural diversity. Recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award by the Tennessee Alumni Association, she received “one of the most treasured honors given to faculty, symbolizing excellence in the classroom.”
Dr. Lord has authored and co-authored seven books, numerous scholarly articles, and presented papers at more than 100 professional meetings and college campuses throughout the United States, Panama, Germany, Yugoslavia, Australia and New Zealand.
While she was a university professor, The U.S. Office of Education designated the graduate curriculum Dr. Lord developed at the University of Tennessee as a “model training program in non-racist, nonsexist approaches to counseling and education.” The National Science Foundation recognized her as “a leading scholar in the psychology of women” and chose her as a National Science Foundation Chautauqua Professor in Psychology in 1979. NSF selected her textbooks for use in the Chautauqua program at four national sites.
Dr. Lord coordinated three national research conferences (including one on the changing role of men in American society); was elected founding Chairperson of the Appalachian Studies Association, a national organization now in its 37th year; was elected President of the National Association for Women in Psychology; and created a research center, the Appalachian Center for Educational Equity. The four textbooks (including the first on Appalachian women) created by Lord and her graduate students at that time have been used throughout the U.S. and other countries.
In 1976, while a professor, she created Sharon Lord Associates, a human development and leadership consulting business, whose clients are universities, businesses and government agencies, including U.S. Defense installations worldwide. She marketed audio tapes and numerous copyrighted seminar books through her business, Creativity Unlimited, Inc.
She interrupted her teaching and consulting career twice to assume public policy leadership posts.