Chancellor's Biography



Pamela S. Shockley-Zalabak


Professor of Communication, wheat farmer, grandmother, author, television producer, student advocate. These are some of the words one could use to describe the Chancellor of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Dr. Pam Shockley-Zalabak. 

Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Dr. Shockley-Zalabak can still describe in detail dry land, no-till farming practices. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in communication from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.  Later, she earned a PhD. in Organizational Communication from University of Colorado, Boulder.  

In addition to Chancellor duties Dr. Shockley-Zalabak continues to teach and research with students. The author of nine books and over 100 articles and productions focusing on organizational communication, Dr. Shockley- Zalabak's research focuses on organizational trust. Her latest book, "Fundamentals of Organizational Communication" carries a copyright of 2015.

Dr. Shockley-Zalabak is the recipient of several awards to include the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Faculty, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Women in Business Award, the 2005 Student Choice for Instructor of the Year, the 2008 Colorado Springs Business Journal Women of Influence Award, the 2013 Pikes Peak Range Riders Silver Spur award and the S. Jerrard Smith for contributions to the community.