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College of Education

Shannon Calderone


Shannon Calderone

Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership
Tri-Cities campus
Edson Floyd Building, Room 207Q
Richland, WA 99354



Research Interests

Dr. Calderone studies postsecondary access and opportunity.  Her research focuses on the impact of trust, risk, and stress on students’ and families’ college-going and retention/persistence decisions.  This work includes research on the role of social and relational trust in the creation of postsecondary options for families, financial literacy as a tool for leveling the college-going playing field, as well as perceptions of risk and the related financial stressors associated with college affordability.

Areas of expertise: 

College affordability, Social Trust, Financial Stress & Well-being, Financial Literacy


Teaching Interests

Dr. Calderone currently teaches for the statewide Educational Leadership program and WSU, Tri-Cities’ Principal Certification Program.  Current and prior classes taught include:

  • ED AD 591 Action Research
  • ED AD 501 Philosophy of Education
  • ED AD 507 Social Foundations of Education
  • ED AD 509 Leading School Improvement

Selected Publications


Calderone, S.M. & Fosnacht, K. (Eds) (Under Review). Sources of Stress and Forms of Coping on the Contemporary College Campus. Information Age Publishing.


Kruse, S.D., Rakha, S., & Calderone, S.M. (2018).  Developing Cultural Competency in Higher Education:  An Agenda for Practice. Teaching in Higher Education,

Fosnacht, K., & Calderone, S. M. (2017). Undergraduate Financial Stress, Financial Self-Efficacy, and Major Choice: A Multi-Institutional StudyJournal of Financial Therapy, 8 (1) 7.

Huerta, A.H, Calderone, S.M., and McDonough, P.M. (2017). School Discipline Policies and the Undermining of College Aspirations for Latino Male Students. In Policy Goes to School: Case Studies on the Possiblities and Limitations of Educational Innovation (Routledge Research in Educational Equality and Diversity), edited by Gilberto Q. Conchas & Michael Gottfried.

McDonough, P.M., Calderone, S.M., & Venegas, K.M. (2015). The Role of Social Trust in Low-Income Latino College Financing Decisions. Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies, 7(2), pp. 133-148.

McDonough, P.M & Calderone, S.M (2013). “College Admissions in the United States.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Education. Ed. Luanna Meyer. New York: Oxford University Press.

Institute for Higher Education Policy. (Spring 2010). Cost Perceptions and College Going for Low Income Students.  Washington, D.C.: Shannon Calderone.

McDonough, P.M. & Calderone, S.M. (2006). The Meaning of Money: Perceptual Differences between College Counselors and Low-Income Families about College Costs and Financial Aid. American Behavioral Scientist, 49(12).


Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles (Higher Education & Organizational Change)

M.A. University of California, Los Angeles (Higher Education & Organizational Change)

B.A.  Georgetown University (History)

Washington State University