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Michele S. Skelton

Associate Professor of Health Sciences

Michele Skelton has been teaching undergraduate students at Stetson University since 1993. She is a strong advocate of the complementary nature of anatomical structure to function. She often utilizes this principle in teaching, encouraging students to study physiology as a biography and apply the content they learn to their bodies now and for a lifetime. She mentors students to be lifelong learners and healthy, health-conscious global citizens.

Skelton's passion for teaching has been recognized by a variety of awards including the prestigious McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest award given to a faculty member at Stetson University. But the greatest awards and rewards for Skelton come from watching her graduates achieve their career goals (medical school, PA, PT, OT, chiropractic medicine, nursing, public health, exercise physiologist, etc.) and their life goals.

Skelton served as the chair of the integrative health science department from 1999 to 2012. She also served as the Lynn and Mark Hollis chair of health and wellness 2009-2015. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Physiological Society. She has published in journals associated with both of these organizations.


  • Ph.D., exercise physiology, Auburn University
  • M.S., exercise physiology, University of Tennessee
  • B.S., physical education (K-12), Stetson University

Course Topics

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology and Pathology
  • Health and Wellness
  • Healthcare Ethics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Internship in Health Science
  • Senior Research Proposal
  • Senior Research Project
  • Senior Research Forum

Research Interests

  • Effects of physical activity/exercise on cognitive function in college students
  • The effects of oral creatine monohydrate on cognitive function in women
  • Comparative analysis of medical and allied health professionals toward CAM
  • Oxidative stress and dietary intervention in high-risk populations (smokers, hypercholesterolemic, obesity, inactive); implications for disease prevention
  • Lactate transport and distribution in animals and humans
  • Relationship of anaerobic capacity to peak blood lactate; implications of peak blood lactate to fatigue


  • Riccard, C. and Skelton, M. "Comparative analysis of 1st, 2nd, and 4th year MD student attitudes toward Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)." BMC Research Notes, 1(84), 2008.
  • Skelton, M., Kremer, D., Smith E., and Gladden, "L. Lactate influx in red blood cells of trained and untrained humans," Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 30(4), 536-542, 1998.
  • Skelton, M., Kremer, D., Smith E., and Gladden, "L. Lactate influx in red blood cells of "athletic" and "nonathletic" animals," American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 268, R1121-R1128, 1995.
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