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Washington State University
College of Education

Shannon Calderone

Shannon Calderone

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


Curriculum Vitae || LinkedIn

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)