Thomas A. Shaw | School of Allied Health | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Applied Sciences and Arts

Thomas A. Shaw

Associate Professor of Mortuary Science

Thomas A. Shaw

ASA 123
Phone: 618.453.7217
Fax: 618.453.7020



  • Ph.D., Workforce Education, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 2005
  • Master of Science, Business Administration, Amber University, Garland, TX, 1990
  • Mortuary Science Diploma, Mid-American College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, IN, 1982
  • Bachelor of Science, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, 1980


  • Illinois Funeral Director and Embalmers License, 1996-present
  • Texas Funeral Director and Embalmers License, 1985-1997
  • Texas Life Insurance License, 1994
  • Practical and Theoretical Embalming, The Midland School of Embalming, London, England, 1997


  • Pathology
  • Microbiology
  • Funeral Service Management
  • Funeral Service Marketing
  • Embalming


  • Occupational typology and satisfaction of licensed funeral service professionals.


Articles in Professional Journals

Shaw, T., Fleege, A.T. & Epplin, K. (2011) The Evolution of Funeral Service Education:  Conception to Accreditation.  The Journal of Funeral Service Education, 14(1), 21-42.

Shaw, T. (2010, December). The making of a funeral director. The Director, 82 (12), 86-88.

Shaw, T. (2009, September). Retention: The state of the funeral industry. The Director, 81 (9), 60-66.

Fleege, A.T, & Shaw, T.  (2007). Explaining the rise in cremation in the U.S. 1960-2000, The Journal of Funeral Service Education 13(1), 31-55.

Rogers, J., Freeman, J. Shaw, T. (2006). Effectiveness of teaching methods on developing positive attitudes towards death. Journal of Funeral Service Education, 12 (1), 16-31.

Shaw, T. (2006). Holland typology and work values of Illinois licensed funeral directors. Journal of Funeral Service Education, 12 (2),  29-47.

Shaw, T., (2005). Occupational personality of funeral service education students: Congruence and variable interaction.  UMI Digital Dissertations, AAT 3204672

Shaw, T., & Duys, D. (2005). Work values of mortuary science students. Career Development Quarterly, 53, 348-352.

Fleege, A., Shaw, T. & Debeljuk, L. (2004). Observations of formaldehyde preservation in tissues using intermittent drainage versus continuous drainage.  Journal of Funeral service Education, 10(1), 4-16.

Shaw, T. (2004). Dream job.  The Director, 76(9), 74-76.

Shaw, T. (2004). A literature review of work values. Journal of Funeral Service Education, 10(1), 17-31.

Shaw, T., & Griffith, C.  (2000 November).  Prep-room insurance.  The Director, 72(11, 42-46.

Shaw, T.  (2000, April).  Meeting market demand:  A well-structured baccalaureate program can meet the increasing demands of today’s employers.  The Director, 72(4), 34-40.

Johnson, D., & Shaw, T.  (1999, November).  Enhancing your image.  The Director, 71(11), 34-38.

Shaw, T. A., & Broomfield, R.  (Summer 1998).  Tissue building:  The emaciated case.  The Embalmer, 41(3), 19-20.

Shaw, T., & Kearney, B.  (1996, November).  How to select a computer system that works for you.  The Director, 68(11), 65-67.

Shaw, T. A.  (1996, April).  Details make the difference.  The Director, 68(4), 38-40.

Chapters in Professional Books

Strub, C., & Fredrick, L. G.  (Ed.).  (1989)  The principles and practices of embalming.  Professional Training Schools - Ch. 5 & 57.  Dallas, TX, Professional Training Schools.