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Communication Disorders Staff - Jo Shackelford

Jo Shackelford, Ed.D., CCC/SLP

Jo Shackelford, Ed.D., CCC/SLP

Assistant Professor/PreSLP Program Coordinator

Office:  Academic Complex 108-C
Phone:  270-745-4306


SLP 489 Communication Disorders in Aging
SLP 514 Dysphagia
SLP 507 Aphasia
SLP 511 Neurology
SLP 513 Cognitive Linguistic Disorders
SLP 590 Clinical Internship
SLP 591 Clinical Externship
CD 280 Survey of Speech Pathology and Audiology
CD 481 Normal Speech and Language Development


Research is focused in three areas: post-secondary education pedagogy, interprofessional education, and traumatic brain injury.


Dr. Shackelford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders, and has been at WKU since 2006. She earned her M.A. at University of Maine at Orono, and her Ed.D. through WKU. She has extensive clinical experience in the field of Speech Language Pathology, and has worked in acute and subacute hospitals, a traumatic brain injury unit, public and private schools, and long term care settings. She has presented at state and national conferences.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe good teaching involves:

  • High expectations of students
  • Appreciating what students bring to the classroom in terms of life experience and personal insights
  • Creating an atmosphere of encouragement and support
  • Use of active teaching to get students engaged in learning
  • Using relevant assignments and examinations
  • Providing prompt feedback on student work
  • Providing opportunities for students to learn how to gather current information on their own to help them become life-long learners
  • Being approachable and capable of learning from students
  • Helping students develop strong critical thinking and decision-making skills

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 Last Modified 9/25/14