Dr. Shaw was the first Asian American employed as a County Extension Agent with the Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Service in the state of Alabama. Beginning in the early 1980s, Dr. Shaw provided research based nutritional and dietary instruction to her local county community centers, churches, schools, public housing centers, head start and senior centers, day camps, hospitals, court houses, community colleges, county fairs, health fairs, and private homes. Her clients included those who were afflicted by diabetes, hypertension, stroke, obesity, and other illnesses.
Upon completing her doctoral degree in 1998, she was promoted to a specialist position within the Extension Service and began to provide leadership to twelve counties in Alabama.
Upon her retirement in the mid 2000s, she worked as a Continuing Education Instructor for Auburn University, University of Alabama, Samford University, Troy University, Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Enterprise-Ozark Community College, Baptist Medical Center South, Trenholm State College, and others.
During her career, she wrote health related articles for newspapers, scientific magazines, and brochures. She appeared on local television programs as a nutrition expert.
Dr. Shaw is a former member of the National Speakers Association, Alabama Chapter, and she continues to make public speaking appearances at different clubs, churches, medical meetings, and seminars. She is also currently a member of the Carrollton Creative Writing Club in Georgia and recently completed her non-fiction narrative memoir reflecting her 30 years of experience in greasy American kitchens.
Habiba is married to Dr. Tim D. Shaw, a retired family physician. The Shaws have four adult children and two grandchildren. She and her husband enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and traveling.