Shann Ray Ferch, M.F.A., Ph.D.

Professor of Leadership Studies; Editor of the International Journal of Servant Leadership

Poet and prose writer Shann Ray Ferch teaches leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga University. Dr. Ferch is the author of a work of leadership and political theory, Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant Leadership as a Way of...

Dr. Shann Ferch

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Systems Psychology, University of Alberta, Canada

M.F.A., Poetry and Fiction, Eastern Washington University

M.A., Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University

B.A., Organizational Communication, Pepperdine University

Courses Taught

Servant Leadership

Leadership Theory

Servant-Leadership, Restorative Justice, and Forgiveness

Principles of Research

Leadership and Psychology

Leadership and Film

Proposal Seminar


Poet and prose writer Shann Ray Ferch teaches leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga University. Dr. Ferch is the author of a work of leadership and political theory, Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant Leadership as a Way of Life (Rowman & Littlefield), and co-editor of Conversations on Servant Leadership (SUNY Press), and The Spirit of Servant Leadership (Paulist Press). In his role as professor of leadership studies with the internationally renowned PhD program in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga, he has served as a visiting scholar in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and North America. His novel, American Copper (Unbridled Press), is a love song to America revealing the radiant and profound life of Evelynne Lowry, a woman who transcends the national myth of regeneration through violence. The novel won the Foreword Book of the Year Readers’ Choice Award and the Western Writers of America Spur Award, and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, the High Plains Book Award and the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Literary Fiction.

A former professional basketball player, his collection of stories American Masculine (Graywolf Press) was named a "3 Books Every Man Should Read" selection by Esquire Magazine, and won the American Book Award, the Bakeless Prize, and two High Plains Book Awards, for Best Story Collection and Best First Book. A finalist with Ted Kooser’s Splitting an Order and Erin Belieu’s Slant Six, his book of poems, Balefire, (Lost Horse Press) won the High Plains Book Award for Poetry.

Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant Leadership as a Way of Life (Rowman & Littlefield)

Conversations on Servant Leadership (SUNY Press)

The Spirit of Servant Leadership (Paulist Press)

American Copper: A Novel (Unbridled Press)

American Masculine: Stories (Graywolf Press)

Balefire: Poems (Lost Horse Press)

Dr. Ferch's research focus is on forgiveness, atonement, and grace in every day life, individually and collectively, interpersonally as well as between nation states, and how servant-leadership honors responsibility and self-transcendence across the disciplines.