Pam Shockley-Zalabak

Portrait of Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak

Professor of Communication, wheat farmer, grandmother, author, television producer, student advocate. These are some of the words used 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.

Dr. Shockley-Zalabak continues to teach and research with students. The author of nine books and more than 100 articles about organizational communication, Dr. Shockley- Zalabak's research focuses on organizational trust. Her latest book is the 2015 "Fundamentals of Organizational Communication."

Dr. Shockley-Zalabak’s involvement and impact is not limited to academia. Throughout her career, she has been involved in a number of organizations dedicated to the betterment of Colorado Springs and the state of Colorado. In 2013, she was appointed by the Mayor of Colorado Springs to the Airport Air Service Task Force to improve air service in the region. In 2016, Dr. Shockley-Zalabak was selected to be a trustee of the Boettcher Foundation.

She is the recipient of several awards, including the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Faculty, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Women in Business Award, the Student Choice for Instructor of the Year, the Colorado Springs Business Journal Women of Influence Award, the Pikes Peak Range Riders Silver Spur Award, the S. Jerrard Smith award for contributions to the community and the American Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award.