Mythianne Shelton is a professor of education in the physics department, specializing in science education. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on science education at Virginia Tech. She is also a graduate of Radford University. From Radford, she earned her M.S. in curriculum and instruction (2007), M.S. in science education (1991) and B.S. in early and middle education (1987).
As a science educator within the physics department, Shelton teaches science courses for preservice teachers. She also collaborates with Radford University’s School of Teacher Education and Leadership to design undergraduate science courses for preservice teachers who are electing to concentrate in science.
Her research interests include science education and nontraditional students. She is interested in elementary science education, specifically, how Skype can be used as a tool to enhance science and cultural learning.
Over the past 20 years, Shelton has worked with K-12 inservice teachers to assist with incorporating more inquiry-base activities within their science lessons. Recently, she has worked with Southwestern Virginia’s inservice teachers to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and science literacy. She also contributes to the field of science education by presenting at state, regional and national conferences.