Pam Shockley-Zalabak recently retired as chancellor of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, although her varied roles have also included professor of communication, grandmother, author, television producer and student advocate.
As chancellor for 15 years, Pam continued to teach and research with students while simultaneously leading the university. She is the author of nine books and more than 100 articles and productions focusing on organizational communication. She focuses her research on organizational trust, and her most recent book, “Fundamentals of Organizational Communication,” was published in 2015.
Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Pam earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Later, she earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from University of Colorado Boulder.
Pam 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 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, the S. Jerrard Smith award for contributions to the community, and the American Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award.
She is an avid sports fan and a classical music enthusiast. She loves hiking and large-animal wildlife photography.
If I had to pick just one experience, it would be some of my early memories of traveling from my family’s home in Oklahoma to Aspen for fly fishing and the music festival.
“Look to your roots in order to reclaim your future.”
— Ghanaian proverb