Dr. Shelle earned his B.S. degree in Animal Husbandry in 1973. He then managed the Horse Center at MSU for 12 years while doing graduate work. Dr. Shelle received his M.S. degree in Animal Husbandry in 1980 and his Ph.D. in 1984 in Animal Science at Michigan State University. In 1984 he was hired in a 100% teaching appointment by Michigan State to develop the Horse Program in the Department of Animal Science. He started the 2-year Institute of Agricultural Technology Horse Management Program and began to develop the BS program in Animal Science with an emphasis in horses in 1984.
Dr. Shelle presently teaches 6 courses in the Animal Science, advises 90 undergraduates and serves on 4 graduate committees. The horse faculty has grown from 1 faculty position to 6 positions at the present time. He presently serves as Faculty Coordinator for the Horse Teaching and Research Center, is the Horse Section Coordinator with oversight responsibilities for the teaching, extension and research activities of this group. He is also the Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Animal Science.
Dr. Shelle has been involved in all major departmental curricular developments, and has served as the Chairperson of the Department Curriculum Committee on several occasions. Dr. Shelle obtained the rank of full professor in 1995 and is currently a member of the American Society of Animal Science, Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society and the National Horse Judging Team Coaches Association.