Mike Sheldon

Michael R. Sheldon, PT, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs


Decary Hall 118

Dr. Sheldon joined the faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of New England in 1990. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a staff physical therapist (General Surgery, Neurology, Orthopedics, & Inpatient Rehabilitation Rotations), and then senior physical therapist (Neurology and Neurosurgery) in the Physical Therapy Department, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997 and was appointed Program Director in 2001. He has overseen the education programs’ continued accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) through the transition from a baccalaureate degree to master of physical therapy degree to the doctor of physical therapy degree program. Dr. Sheldon was appointed Interim Provost from July 2017 to mid-April 2018 while a national search was underway for the Provost position. Following the conclusion of this term of service, he was appointed Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. Dr. Sheldon's scholarship and teaching interests include injury/disease prevention, health promotion, policy analysis, and program evaluation/assessment. He is also a strong proponent of interprofessional education and service learning.



University of Rhode Island
University of Maine
M.S., PT
Duke University
Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine

Board Certifications and Licenses

Physical Therapist


Selected publications

Sheldon M., Cavanaugh JT, Croninger W, et al.  Preparing rehabilitation healthcare providers in the 21st century: Implementation of interprofessional education through an academic-clinical site partnership. Work. 2012; 41: 269-275.

Sheldon MR, Golub A, Langevin JR, StOurs P, Swatrzlander BJ. Improving institutional effectiveness: description and application of an implementation model. Planning for Higher Education. 2008; 36: 17-26.

Sheldon MR. Evidence-based practice in occupational health: description and application of an implementation effectiveness model. Work. 2007; 29:137-43.

Other scholarly activity


Sheldon MR, McCormick WJ, Chadbourne J. Preparing Physical Therapy Students to Deliver Interprofessional Community-Based Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Programs: Collaboration Between a DPT Program and a Medically-Oriented Gym. APTA Educational Leadership Conference, October 2014. 

Sheldon MR: Influences on the Relationship Between Policy Need and State Agency Policy Responses to Address Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders.  APTA Combined Sections Meeting, February, 2014.

Sheldon MR: Influences on State Policy Responses to Address Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders.   APTA Combined Sections Meeting, February, 2011.

Research interests

Policy analysis and policy/program evaluation