Dr. Roosevelt O. Shelton

Professor of Music and Chairperson, Division of Fine Arts Division of Fine Arts
Bradford HallRoom G5400 East Main St.Frankfort, KY 40601502-597-6415502-597-5999 (fax)


Roosevelt Orinthal Shelton is Professor of Music Education, Divisional Chairperson and the Distinguished Professor of Music at Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky. He is a Fellow in the Center for Innovation in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment and a frequent consultant on issues relative to curricular and programmatic assessment, curriculum design, programmatic accreditation, Diasporic Studies and the design of instructional technology.

His previous administrative services to KSU include extended tenures as Chairperson of the Division of Fine Arts, Associate Vice President/Provost of Academic Affairs, and founding Associate Vice President for the Office of Enrollment Management. He serves as Reviewer for the United States Department of Education’s Field-Initiated Studies Research and Fund for the Improvement of Education Grant Programs. His current research, Testifycation Theory: Human Abasement, Oppression and Diasporic Rituals, emerged from his extensive field work in Brazil, the Caribbean and the U.S. was presented at the 25th International Congress of Law and Mental Health, in Siena, Italy, and “The Electronic Portfolio Mirror: A Reflective Model of Assessment in Higher Education, has been selected as a model of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and recently published by The National Association of Schools of Music.

His major field of study was in Administration, Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction in Music Education.  His research interests include experimental aesthetics and electronic performance assessment.  He has completed the requirements for doctoral minors in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Education, and Educational Research, with language proficiencies in statistics.  Additionally, he has attained Level I, Level II and Level III Certification in Orff-Schulwerk, Praxis Professional Assessments trainer certification with Educational Testing Service (ETS).

He has completed Post Doctorial studies at The University of São Paulo, the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, DePaul University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Degrees and Certifications

  • B.S. (Music Eduction), Mississippi State University
  • M.M.E. (Music Education), Mississippi State University
  • Ph.D. (Curriculum and Instruction), University of Alabama

Academic History

Professor of Music Education, Division of Fine Arts (1988)