Dr. Shirley Drew is a professor of communication at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. She has been teaching and living in the Sunflower State since 1989. She completed her Ph.D. at Bowling Green State University in 1985. Before moving to Kansas, she worked for three years as an internal management trainer and consultant for a 650-bed hospital in Toledo, Ohio.
Her teaching areas include organizational communication, theory and qualitative research methods. Her research is primarily qualitative (ethnographic) and includes ritual, group culture, and occupational culture.
Her book entitled Dirty Work: The Social Construction of Taint (with Melanie Mills and Bob Gassaway) was published in 2007. She is currently collaborating on a book with Dr. Alicia Mason in the Communication Department, and Dr. David Weaver, Assistant to the Mayor in Duquesne, MO. The book is tentatively titled, The First 48: First Responder Accounts of the Joplin Tornado.
When not teaching or writing, Shirley enjoys spending time with her two Jack Russell terriers, Nikki and Lucy. Most of all, she loves her summers in northern Minnesota where she can go hiking and canoeing with her field biologist husband, who's glad he found an "outdoor girl."
Ph.D., Interpersonal and Public Communication, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, U.S.A., 1985
M.A., Interpersonal and Public Communication, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, U.S.A., 1982
B.A, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, U.S.A., 1979