Michelle Shelton

Michelle Shelton, MA

Assistant Professor of Professional Studies



Office: Portland Center #226

I am truly honored to be on faculty in 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

MA, Clinical Psychology, Azusa Pacific University
BA, Political Science, California State University, Long Beach

Expertise and Research Interests

I currently teach both behavior science courses and writing courses for the Department of Professional Studies at George Fox University. I am also an editor for the College of Business at the university. Prior to this work, I worked as an independent contract editor for Sage Publications.

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.

My research interests include: motivation, emotional intelligence, group dynamics and cohort building, adult learning models, conflict, and emotions. My current research project involves group dynamics in multi-generational settings.

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • LACC 101 – Writing For Adults I
  • LACC 102 – Writing for Adults II
  • LACC 215 – Personal and Professional Assessment
  • MSBS 421 – Family & Group Dynamics
  • MSBS 427 – Abnormal Psychology
  • MSBS 428 – Interpersonal Communications
  • MSBS 431 – Contemporary Social Dynamics & Public Policy
  • MSBS 432 – Personal and Professional Ethics

Outside the Classroom

I have been married to my husband Paul for 18 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.