The University of Arizona has announced that Jim Shockey has been selected to serve as the campus executive officer for UA South, the UA's branch campus headquartered in Sierra Vista.
Shockey is currently an associate professor of sociology at the UA and associate dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He will begin serving in his new position on Jan. 11.
UA South also has locations in Douglas, Nogales and in Tucson at the UA Science and Technology Park and on the campus of Pima Community College East. UA South serves nearly 1,000 full-time and part-time students in 19 degree programs ranging from teacher education to computer science, and is a critical part of expanding the reach of UA programs throughout Arizona.
"Jim has a great reputation as a student advocate, and has broad experience in areas such as curriculum development and student advising," said Mike Proctor, UA vice provost for outreach and global initiatives. "UA South is a fantastic asset to southern Arizona communities, providing access to opportunity for students who for various reasons may not want to or be able to attend courses on main campus, and
Jim's background provides a perfect fit as we work to expand the reach and impact of those programs."
According to Proctor, Shockey will also be involved in building stronger collaborations between the UA main campus and branch campus programs.
"This opportunity reflects a perfect convergence of my professional and academic experience: to be involved in extending academic programs to rural communities, to time-bound and place-bound students, and to the military audiences we serve through UA South is a tremendous honor," Shockey said. "UA South will play a key role helping expand the UA's reputation as one of our nation's most accessible great universities, and I'm excited to play a part in UA South's future."
Shockey came to the UA in 1985 from The Pennsylvania State University as a member of the department of sociology. In his current position Shockey is responsible for issues related to curriculum, instruction, academic advising, student learning and program assessment, instructional budgets, new student recruiting and orientation, enrollment management and student affairs.
Shockey has served on or worked closely with virtually all major academic committees at the UA responsible for academic programs and policies, including the Undergraduate Council, the Graduate Council, the University-Wide General Education Committee and the College Academic Administrators Council, which he chairs.
He also has been involved in addressing issues as diverse as administrative data management, information security, University budget redesign, strategic planning, enrollment management, student recruiting and retention, outcomes assessment and academic integrity.
Shockey was also named recently to the position of associate dean for academic programs and instruction in the newly formed Colleges of Letters, Arts and Sciences, or CLAS. His role within CLAS is to assist in the creation of new interdisciplinary and international programs, and to help coordinate activities related to curriculum and instruction across the four CLAS colleges.
Shockey also was responsible for overseeing the transition of advising-related services out of the former University College into the newly created Center for Exploratory Students.
Since coming to the University in 1985, Shockey has engaged in research related to underemployment, homelessness, family structure, child well-being and statistical models for categorical data.
Much of this research maintained close ties to the local community. He worked with the Arizona State Supreme Court on a project to revise child support guidelines in Arizona, with the Tucson Planning Council for the Homeless to conduct a census of Tucson's homeless population and with the Pima County Juvenile Drug Court to perform a program self-assessment and submit a federal continuation grant.
Shockey earned an associates degree in liberal arts from Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania along with a bachelor's degree in sociology, two master's degrees – in sociology and statistics – and a doctorate in sociology/demography, all from The Pennsylvania State University.