Michelle Shelton

Michelle Shelton, MA

Assistant Professor of Professional Studies



Office: Portland Center #274

I am truly honored to be on the faculty of the Department of Professional Studies and support the university and our amazing students. I earned my MA in clinical psychology from Azusa Pacific University and have taught for several years in both the on-ground and online environment at the university and community college levels. Additionally, I was a mental health counselor in a clinical setting providing court-mandated psychotherapy to first-time youth offenders.

I have been blessed with not only a career providing counseling, but also a career in higher education. I have been in the George Fox community for more than five years. My husband, Paul, is a professor in George Fox’s College of Business.

Academic Background

EdD, Higher Education Leadership, George Fox University (in progress)
MA, Clinical Psychology, Azusa Pacific University
BA, Political Science, California State University, Long Beach

Expertise and Research Interests

I teach behavioral studies and general education psychology and related courses for the Department of Professional Studies at George Fox University. In addition, I am the lead faculty of our growing general education program.

My clinical experience involved working with at-risk youth and their families on a variety of psychological, social and emotional issues. I provided court-mandated and school-referred psychotherapy to youth ages 5-18 for a variety of disorders and issues. I also taught psycho-educational classes on anger management and alcohol and drug abuse among other topics.

Prior to my academic/editing work, I spent more than 10 years in nonprofit management/leadership. I served as the director of sales and events for the Nixon Presidential Museum, Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda, Calif., where I oversaw the sales department and led many significant events, including a presidential funeral, presidential campaign events, and corporate engagements.

I consult in the areas of training and development. An example of this work includes creating and preparing cross-cultural training business interventions that help limit conflict in the workplace and increase employee performance.

I am a certified suicide prevention and awareness instructor and feel passionately about speaking on this. I have trained pastors in this area, as well as spoke at community events in support of awareness of suicide.

My research interests include: motivation, emotional intelligence, group dynamics and cohort building, adult learning models, mental health and suicide awarenessgroup potency, and emotions. My current research project involves looking at group potency in virtual teams and cohorts.

Select Research Bibliography and Conference Presentations

Shelton, M. & Shelton, P. (2018, Granada, Spain) Group potency and virtual cohorts. Paper presented at the International Interdisciplinary Social Science Conference in Granada, Spain.

Harrop, J., Casey, R., & Shelton, M. (in progress). Knowles, Kolb, & Google: Prior learning assessment as a model for 21st-century learning. Journal of Continuing Higher Education.

Harrop, J., Shelton, M., & Casey, R. (2017, November). Knowles, Kolb, & Google: Prior learning assessment as a model for 21st-century learning. Paper presented at the Council of Adult & Experiential Learning Conference, San Diego, CA.

Casey, R., Harrop, J., Hutchinson, C., & Shelton, M. (2017, October). Breaking down silos: Technology, teamwork & transformational learning. Paper presented at the Magna Teaching with Technology Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Harrop, J., Hutchinson, C., Casey, R., & Shelton, M. (2017, January). From ad hoc to intentional: One department’s online journey. Paper presented at the Oregon Women in Higher Education Conference, Sunriver, OR.

Harrop, J., Hutchinson, C., & Shelton, M. (2017, February). From ad hoc to intentional: One department’s online journey. Paper presented at the Oregon Technology in Education Network, Forest Grove, OR.

Shelton, P., Mertens, D., & Shelton, M. (2016, Spring). Group potency and virtual teams. Presented at the Academy of Business Research Conference, New Orleans, LA. (Won “Best Paper” award for the session)

Shelton, P., & Shelton, M. (2009, November). 3 C's of a change initiative. Poster session presented at Oklahoma Research Day, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • LACC
  • MSBS

Outside the Classroom

I have been married to my husband Paul for 20 years. We have been blessed with three amazing boys: Connor, Tyler, and Austin. I enjoy traveling with my family, being outdoors, reading, cooking, and going to the movies.