SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

Department of Behavioral Sciences


Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick
Shelley Kilpatrick
Shelly Kilpatrick
Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Psychology
Southwest Baptist University
1600 University Avenue,
Gott Educational Center, 206
Bolivar, MO 65613

Education and professional background: Kilpatrick holds a B.A. in psychology and sociology from Baylor University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began teaching at SBU in 2003 and teaches courses in social psychology, adolescent development, and statistics and research methods. She also teaches a course called "Agape Love and Altruism: Perspectives of Science and Faith," which is all about understanding loving God and loving one another from a variety of academic and faith perspectives. Prior to coming to SBU, Kilpatrick was a project director at the UCLA/RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion and did a post doctoral fellowship at the National Institute for Healthcare Research.

Family: She is married to Ben, who teaches in SBU's communications department and serves as the faculty advisor for the student newspaper, The Omnibus. They have a young son who is enjoying growing up on the SBU campus, having made his first appearance in an SBU classroom at less than two weeks old!

Community involvement: Kilpatrick is involved at First Baptist Church-Bolivar where she serves as the Girls in Action (GA) director, teaching children to strengthen their faith and share their faith with others.

Why did you choose to teach at SBU? "SBU chose me! Then I found the niche God had made for me here and the fun I can have teaching and working with students."

What sets SBU apart from other universities? "A nice mix of high quality academics and an emphasis on supportive personal relationships among faculty and with our students"

What advice do you have for prospective students? "Don't worry so much about your major or the job you want to have after college. Focus on learning academically and developing into the person God wants you to be, willing to do the tasks that He has for you to do."

What is your favorite thing to do in Bolivar/Southwest Missouri? "I love to play at Dunnegan Park with my son. We feed the ducks, play at the playground, have a picnic, kick around in fall leaves, and drive through the Christmas lights!"