Senior Associate Director of Online Program Development[email protected]
Please contact me for:
- Strategizing the design and development of new online degree programs
- Questions relating to learning experience design in fully-online environments
- Inclusive teaching practices for supporting online student learning
Prior to joining Brown, Melissa was an Instructional Design and Technology Specialist at Johnson & Wales University. In 2016, she led programmatic curriculum development with faculty and administrators across four regional campuses for the redesign of the A.S. Baking & Pastry program and the creation of the M.S. Culinary Arts program. Before entering higher education, Melissa spent twelve years teaching secondary English in New York State and engaging in K-12 curriculum development in both English language arts and technology integration. In 2014, she was named Liverpool Optimist Club’s Outstanding Teacher in recognition of her contributions driving district strategy around student success and teacher excellence programs.
In addition to her work at Brown, Melissa teaches graduate courses as an adjunct instructor. In 2019, she collaborated with other learning design experts in developing the nation’s first, fully-online Learning Experience Design (LxD) graduate degree program for Brandeis University. Currently, Melissa is the primary instructor of the inaugural course in the LxD program, Principles of Learning Experience Design. Melissa also teaches disciplinary literacy courses within the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Johnson & Wales University.
Melissa holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership from Northeastern University, an M.Ed in Secondary English (7-12) and Curriculum & Instruction from SUNY Oswego, and a B.A. in Communications and English from Colby-Sawyer College. She is a New York State Certified teacher, a Google Certified Innovator, and a Google Certified Educator. Her research interests include inclusive teaching practices, faculty development, and Learning Experience Design, and she has presented on these topics at regional and national conferences.