Shelley F. Mitchell

Adjunct Instructor of Management
603.862.3381 (dept. phone)
Paul College 260V
Shelley F.
Office Hours: 
By Appointment

In Fall of 2015, Dr. Mitchell taught Corporate Social Responsibility at Hult International School of Business in Boston, MA as Professor of Management and Sustainability in the Masters in International Business program.  For the last five years, Dr. Mitchell has also taught at the University of New Hampshire, Paul College of Business & Economics in the Management Department as a Lecturer and Adjunct Instructor. She is a past course coordinator and Instructor for Admn 400: Intro to Business and teaches MGT 701: Business, Government & Society.

In 2012, she graduated from the Natural Resources & Earth Systems Sciences Program in conjunction with the Paul College at UNH. This multidisciplinary program bridged the natural sciences with business theory and practice. Her research focus is on helping businesses, social enterprises and community organizations address sustainability initiatives. She is co-editor of a handbook on Sustainability in Management Education due out in early 2017 with Edward Elgar Publishers. Dr. Mitchell’s dissertation examined how small to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) innovate for ecological and social sustainability. Her research included writing five case studies on northern New England companies’ best practices and related challenges confronting SMEs who embrace a sustainability strategy and business model, along with the development of an Eco-Scorecard. Shelley participated in the 2010 oikos Scholars Entrepreneurship Academy in Switzerland, as one of fifteen Ph.D. students from ten countries who presented their research on the role of institutions, entrepreneurship and organizational change for a reorientation towards achieving environmental, social and economic sustainability. Event collaborators included the World Wildlife Fund and Hub Zurich.

Shelley received her M.B.A. from UNH in 2002, with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and strategic management. She was a finalist in the Holloway Prize Competition and did an international residency in Europe as part of her graduate program. She also holds a B.S. in Forestry & Natural Resources from Michigan Technological University and Provisional Certification from Central Michigan University in Elementary Education & Secondary Science with a Student Teaching Residency in Ashurst, England. In addition, she has earned certificates in fundraising management and professional coaching. Her past positions have included: Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving at New Hampshire Public Television, Founding member at an Internet start-up company, Director of Corporate & Foundation Support at the UNH Foundation, Executive Director of the Seacoast Land Trust, Director of Education at the Indianapolis Zoo and Environmental Education Specialist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Shelley’s passions include combining her education and experience in the natural and social sciences to advance social and environmental sustainability for economic viability.    


Ph.D., Natural Resources & Environmental Studies, University of New Hampshire, Natural Resources & Earth System Science, December 2012
(Interdisciplinary Program with Paul College of Business & Economics - Strategy and Entrepreneurship)

M.B.A., Entrepreneurship, University of New Hampshire

International Residency in Europe, May 2002

B.S., Forestry, Michigan Technological University