Michelle Shelton

Michelle Shelton, EdD

Assistant Professor of Professional Studies



Office: Portland Center #274

I am honored to be a faculty member in the School of Professional Studies and support the university and our amazing students. I have my Doctorate of Education (EdD) from George Fox University in Higher Education Leadership and my MA in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. I have more than 15 years of experience working in mental health as a therapist, leader, trainer, educator, and researcher.

Academic Background

EdD, Higher Education Leadership, George Fox University
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 School of Professional Studies at George Fox University. In addition, I am the lead faculty of the social and behavioral studies 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 a presidential museum, 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: stress, burnout, mental health, positive psychology, group dynamics, andragogy, and suicide prevention.

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. (2018). 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.