Shelley Kilpatrick, Ph.D.
Education and professional background: Saladino holds a B.S. in sociology and psychology from SBU, an M.A. in Christian education with a concentration in social work from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in human services with a concentration in social and community services from Capella University. Saladino began teaching at SBU in 2006 at the Salem campus and moved to the Bolivar campus in 2009. Prior to coming to SBU, she worked as a social worker in medical and psychiatric settings and as a counselor with children and adolescents. Saladino has also served as a missionary in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Family: Saladino has a cute dog named Frisky who is pretty spoiled!
Community involvement: Saladino serves on the board of directors for House of Hope, the board of directors for the Missouri chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and serves in the food pantry at her church on a regular basis.
Why did you choose to teach at SBU? "The short version is that God led me back here. SBU is my alma mater. I'm honored to be teaching at a place that had so much impact on my own life."
What sets SBU apart from other universities? "The ability to get a social work degree, which is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), at a Christian university that focuses on the integration of faith and discipline is what sets SBU apart. Also, as we have small classes, we are able to get to know our students personally."
What advice do you have for prospective students? "If you want to help people, consider a degree in social work! The field of social work has many opportunities and is a great place to serve others."
What is your favorite thing to do in Bolivar/Southwest Missouri? "Silver Dollar City, Dogwood Canyon, or anything involving go-karts."