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Frank Shaw


PhD, 1983, Educational Administration, University of Utah

JD, 1976, Notre Dame Law School, University of Notre Dame

BS, 1973, Elementary Education, University of Utah


Honors and Awards:

Adjunct Faculty of the Year, Westminster College, 2013                

Community Leader of the Year, Jordan School District, 1996

Students’ Choice Award for Outstanding Teaching, Salt Lake Community College, 1989

Students’ Choice Award for Outstanding Teaching, Salt Lake Community College, 1988

Teacher of the Year Award, Jordan Council Parent Teacher Association, 1987

Magna cum Laud, University of Utah, 1973

First Place, Utah Business Mathematics Competition, DECA, 1970


Frank W. Shaw, JD, PhD holds doctorates from the University of Utah and the University of Notre Dame. He was admitted to the Utah State Bar Association and practiced law in both state and federal courts in the areas of general business, contracts, landlord and tenant, probate, and domestic relations. He also served as an educator in the public school system in the capacities of teacher, principal, director, hearings officer, and assistant superintendent in one of the fifty largest school districts in America. During his service, his school district was recognized by the Hoover Institute of Stanford University as the most productive school district in America and was ranked second of the 50 largest school districts in the nation for efficiency by Forbes Magazine. In addition to his service in public education, Dr. Shaw taught graduate and undergraduate courses in business law, education law, labor law, ethics, general management and organizational behavior at Argosy University, Salt Lake Community College, the University of Utah and Westminster College.

Dr. Shaw began his career as an educator by teaching second, fourth and fifth grades in elementary schools. As a school administrator, he served as principal at two elementary schools. He also served as Director of Accountability and Program Services responsible for the oversight of district program budgets and all district and state mandated testing programs. He served as chair of the Research Review and Approval Committee, assisted with research design and monitored the progress of research purchased for program evaluation. He served as hearings officer for employee grievances and terminations of employment. In his capacity as Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Shaw supervised school operations and budgets with emphasis on policy development, supervision, personnel evaluations, and conflict resolution.                       



Member of the Utah State Bar Association

Member of the Utah Education Association (UEA)

Member of the National Education Association (NEA)



Shaw, Frank W. Managing Informal Employee Organizations. Charleston: Createspace, 2013.

Shaw, Frank W. Business Law – An Introduction. 2nd ed. Boston: American Press, 2003.

(Peer Review: American Press)

Shaw, Frank W. “Identification of the Gifted: Design Defects and the Law.” Urban Education, 21(April), 1986, 42-61.

Shaw, Frank W. “Teacher Evaluations for Merit Pay: A Summary of Legal Implications and a Model Plan,” Educational Administration Quarterly, 21(1) (Winter), 1985, 51-69.                                     


PROFESSIONAL CAREER EXPERIENCE:                                          

Facilitator and Trainer for Strategic Planning

Hearings Officer for Employee Grievances and Termination of Employment

Testing Director for District and State Standardized Testing Programs

Chair, Jordan District Research Review Committee

Consultant for Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, and Experimental Design

Director of Program Evaluation Budgets

Member, Utah State Competency Test Advisory Group, Utah State Office of Education

Member, Policy Advisory Group, Utah State Office of Education

Technical Advisor, Utah Health Policy Commission, Utah State Legislature

Technical Advisor, Medication and Immunization Policy Development Committee

Application Developer, Automated Financial Management Documents

Prototype Developer, District Emergency Procedures Manual

Developer, Higher Education Merit Pay and Ranking System

Developer, Elementary School Level Merit Pay Pilot Program, Utah State Office of Education

Developer, Self-identification Model for Gifted and Talented Programs



“Fundamentals of Real Estate Law,” a presentation commissioned by the Utah Chapter of the Appraisal Institute in St. George, Utah, 2002

“An Interest Based Identification Model for Enrichment Programs for the Gifted,” a presentation at the Eighth Annual Conference on the Education of the Gifted and Talented at Utah State University, Logan, Utah 1985

“Identification of Gifted Students for Enrichment at the Classroom and Learning Center Levels and Implications for the Learning Disabled,” a presentation at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 1985

“Legal Issues Raised by Evaluation and a Method for Developing Ranking and Merit Systems at the College Level,” a presentation to faculty and staff at Utah Technical College, Provo, Utah 1985

“Legal Issues Raised by Instructor Evaluation for Career Ladders at the College Level,” a presentation to the College Merit Committee at Utah Technical College, Taylorsville, Utah 1984

“Climbing the Career Ladder: Evaluations and Other Legal Issues,” a presentation at the Third Annual Education Law Seminar jointly sponsored by the Utah State Bar, Education Law Section, and the Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City, Utah 1984

“The Altara Career Ladder Pilot Project,” a presentation at the Annual

IPD Curriculum Conference, Jordan Education Association, Sandy, Utah 1985.

“Self-Selection in Gifted and Talented Programs,” a presentation at the Annual

Jordan District Gifted/Talented Seminar, Sandy, Utah 1984.

“A Model Career Ladder Program and the Legal Implications for Public Schools,” a presentation at Delta Kappa Gamma International, Salt Lake City, Utah 1984.

Last Updated: 10/9/20