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Shannon Mathews

Position: Associate Professor, Gerontology Department: Behavioral Sciences

Contact Info

Office: 203 Coltrane Hall Phone: 336-750-8969


Shannon Mathews is an Associate Professor, Program Coordinator and Chair for the Gerontology Program in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Work. She currently teaches both introductory and upper level courses including General Gerontology, Public Policy of Aging, Internship in Gerontology, and Dying, Death and Bereavement. Dr. Mathews also teaches other courses in sociology and political science including Social Gerontology and Legal, Political and Economic Aspects of Aging.

Prior to accepting this position in 2007, she was an Assistant Professor in the Gerontology Program at Towson University in Towson, MD. Also, she has served as an adjunct professor for Eastern Kentucky University where she taught in the Sociology Department. Dr. Mathews has presented scholarly work at regional and national conferences; her research and scholarly interests include pedagogy and disadvantage across the life course. She has recently authored a book chapter titled Older Adults for pending release The New Reality of Poverty: Populations At-risk in the United States (Lyceum). The book chapter provides an overview of a plethora of aging issues influencing poverty in later life and is intended for students in social work and human service professions. She is currently working in collaboration with colleagues on a book chapter titled Later Adulthood (Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, Inc.). The chapter provides an overview of later life issues and is intended for counseling professionals. She has co-authored an article in the Journal of Aging in Emerging Economies. The article grounded in a symbolic interactionist perspective and examines the international literature regarding disaster preparedness for the elderly.

Educational Background

  • PhD, 2005, University of Kentucky
  • MA, 2001, University of Kentucky
  • BA, 1993, Pomona College