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About Laura Lunsford

Laura Gail Lunsford, Ph.D. is professor and chair of psychology at Campbell University. She wrote the definitive Handbook for Managing Mentoring Programs and co-edited the Sage Handbook of Mentoring in addition to having published over 40 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and books on mentoring and leadership development. She has presented on mentoring at conferences sponsored by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, American Educational Research Association, among others. The Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Institute for Education Science, and the LUCE Foundation have funded her work. In 2009 she was honored with the International Mentoring Association’s Dissertation Award. She previously was a tenured associate professor at the University of Arizona, directed the Swain Center for executive education in the Cameron School of Business at UNC Wilmington, served as the alumni director at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and was the founding full-time director of the Park Scholarships at NC State. Her BA and Ph.D. are from NC State University and her MS is from UNC Greensboro. She regularly consults with organizations on creating fantastic mentoring programs. 


Present Department Chair of Psychology, Campbell University School of Education



2017 STRATEGIES: PROJECT POEM Project-Based Learning Opportunities and Exploration of Mentorship for Students with Visual Impairments in STEM
National Science Foundation
Colleague(s): S. Hong and S. Kortenkamp
2016 Access, Wellness, and Relational Determinants in School Success
Institute of Education Sciences
Colleague(s): M. Perfect
2011 - 2016 Transition to Teaching
Department of Education
Colleague(s): E. Kralovec
2015 Academic Leadership Initiative
LUCE Foundation
Colleague(s): V. Baker and Pifer
2013 Creation of a Cluster of Online Psychology Courses
University of Arizona OIA Grant
Role: Co-PI
Colleague(s): A. Tesch, J. Jacobs, and J. Nicol
2012 - 2013 Pilot Faculty Mentoring Program
Mini grant through University of Arizona, NSF Advance Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
2012 Creation of a Cluster of Online Psychology Courses
University of Arizona OIA Grant
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): A. Tesch, J. Jacobs, and J. Nicol
2010 Conversion of Mechanisms of Learning to an Online Course
University of Arizona LCE CRI Leverage Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
2010 Creation of a Cluster of Online Psychology Courses
University of Arizona OIA Grant
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): J. Jacobs and J. Nicol
2010 Online Psychology of Leadership Course
University of Arizona Professional Science Masters Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Member, International Mentoring Association
2017 - Present Ad hoc Reviewer, Society of Industrial & Organizational Psychology Annual Conference
2018 - 2019 Chair, International Mentoring Association Dissertation Award Committee
2017 - 2019 Member, National Academies Consensus Study on The Science of Effective Mentoring in STEMM
2018 Board Member, International Journal of Coaching and Mentoring
2012 - 2016 Director of Professional Development, Division 2 Society of Teaching Psychology, APA
2015 Ad hoc Reviewer, APA Annual Conference Division 2: Society for the Teaching of Psychology
2015 Ad hoc Reviewer, National Association of College Student Personnel Annual Conference
2015 Panelist, National Science Foundation
2015 Ad hoc Reviewer, Society of Industrial & Organizational Psychology Annual Conference
2014 Ad hoc Reviewer, Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference Proposals
2014 Editorial Advisory Board Member, Perspectives on Undergrad. Res. and Mentoring
2013 Panelist, Coaching of the EMCC, Department of Education
2013 Ad hoc Reviewer, Mentoring Institute 2013 Conference
2013 Board Member, Student Learning through Mentored Scholarship Journal
2011 - 2012 Panelist, National Science Foundation
Member, International Leadership Association
Board Member, International Mentoring Association
Member, International Positive Psychology Association
Member, Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists
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Honors and Awards

  • Difference of One Award (University of Arizona), 2015
  • Peter W Likins Inclusive Excellence Award (University of Arizona), 2015
  • Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate, 2014-2019
  • Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, Fellow (Elon University), 2014-2016
  • Superior Faculty Award, South Foundation, 2012
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Instructional Resource Award, 2010
  • Fellowship, Association for Institutional Research, National Data Policy Institute, 2009
  • Early Career Scholarship to attend National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, 2009
  • Dr. Hope Richardson Dissertation Award, International Association of Mentoring, 2009
  • Two-month East Asia Pacific Summer Institute, National Science Foundation, 2007
  • John Oliver Cook Dissertation Fellowship. One-month Rotary International Group Study Exchange to Eastern Caribbean, 2006
  • NC State University Young Alumna of the Year, 2004
  • Holderness Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1990
  • NC State University Student Commencement Speaker, 1988
  • Caldwell Scholarship, full merit award, NC State University, 1984-1988
  • Eunice Riggs Scholarship, 1984


2007 PhD, North Carolina State University ‐ Community & Social Psychology
1992 MS, University of North Carolina at Greensboro ‐ Human Development and Family Studies
1988 BA, North Carolina State University ‐ Psychology

Books (7)

Book Chapters (16)

Publications (21)