As Director of Student Affairs, Dr. Shadix supervises and contributes to the Office of Student Affairs staff and responsibilities (enrollment, academic advising, student success programs, and regulatory compliance) for the College of Health Sciences (CHS). He also represents CHS' interests on several university committees, serves as one of the advisors for undergraduate students in CHS, and provides advising to pre-professional students interested in graduate or professional programs within CHS.
Dr. Shadix is also actively involved in NACADA: The Global Community for Advising, having most recently served as a Conference co-Chair for the 2021 Regions 3 and 5 Virtual Regional Conference. He has served on the NACADA Mid-South Region 3 Steering Committee for since 2019, and was elected the Mid-South Region 3 Chair to serve from October 2021 to 2023. Additionally, Dr. Shadix is active in the University of Kentucky Advising Network and serves as their representative to the Undergraduate Council of the University Senate.
Dr. Shadix has earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Sociology and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation from University of Kentucky. His research and professional interests include: college access and success barriers, identity-based impact experiences and histories, and qualitative methodologies.
Dr. Shadix has served university settings since 2004 and has experience in admissions, advising, residence life, new student programs, and institutional advancement. Originally from a rural area on the North Carolina/Georgia state border, he is a proud first-generation college student and was a recipient of full Pell Grant as an undergraduate. Outside of the office, he enjoys recreational fitness (volleyball, weight training, and "fun running"), going to the theater, listening to live music, and quality time with his partner, family, friends, and dog.