Dr. Shelton Charles brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role as the Associate Dean of Science and Engineering at Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech). Dr. Charles oversees the life sciences, physical sciences, and math departments at Forsyth Tech, a position earned after four years of dedicated service as chair of the life sciences department. His dedication to advancing knowledge in physiology led him to complete a research postdoctoral fellowship at Loma Linda University and Wake Forest Baptist Health. This academic journey reflects Dr. Charles’ commitment to foundational learning and specialized research, preparing him for his influential role at Forsyth Tech.
His journey at Forsyth Tech began as an instructor in the life sciences department, where he taught courses ranging from general biology for majors and non-majors to anatomy and physiology I and II and pathophysiology.
In 2019, Dr. Charles was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award at Forsyth Tech for his outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment to academic excellence and student success. Building on this recognition, in 2023, Dr. Charles further solidified his commitment to excellence by receiving the NISOD Excellence Award, marking another milestone in his distinguished career in education.
Outside the confines of Forsyth Tech, Dr. Charles has significantly enriched academia through his diverse contributions. He extends his expertise by instructing doctoral students in the physical therapy program at Winston-Salem State University, specializing in respiratory physiology and pharmacology. Driven by an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement, he actively pursues professional development through attending seminars and conferences such as NISOD and the League of Innovation and acquiring certifications. Dr. Charles holds Quality Matters and ACUE certifications, indicating his dedication to maintaining high educational standards. Notably, he has successfully completed the North Carolina Community College Leadership Program (NCCCLP) and the Executive Director Leader Lab (EDLL), further underscoring his commitment to leadership excellence in the academic realm.
In addition to his role as an educator, Dr. Charles is a committed researcher with a notable body of work. His contributions to academia include publishing several scientific papers, demonstrating his commitment to advancing knowledge in his field. Dr. Charles has disseminated his research through written publications and presented his findings in oral science presentations at various scientific meetings and academic institutions. Furthermore, his expertise is acknowledged in the academic community, where he is a valuable reviewer of scientific books and proposals. Notably, he has contributed to evaluating works such as Principles of Life by DM Hillis et al. and A Lab Manual for Anatomy and Physiology by Blue Door.
Dr. Charles’ passion extends beyond academia. He actively seeks opportunities to mentor and empower minorities in math, science, and technology. Before his tenure in North Carolina, he volunteered as a panelist for programs encouraging minority males to pursue careers in mathematics and science. He has tutored, mentored, and volunteered in his local community with organizations focused on uplifting minority individuals.
A dedicated health advocate, Dr. Charles has presented on preventable health issues at Winston-Salem State University and his church, aiming to increase awareness and promote positive lifestyle changes. His commitment to community service spans Brooklyn, New York; Loma Linda, California, where he worked with people experiencing homelessness; and Winston-Salem, N.C., his current home, where he continues volunteering.
Bachelor’s: Biology, Medgar Evers College
Doctorate: PhD in Physiology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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