Melissa Whatley earned Bachelors of Arts in Romance Languages, Spanish, and Linguistics and a Master of Arts in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia. Prior to beginning doctoral work at IHE, Melissa taught both Spanish and French for eight years at a variety of institutions, including the University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University, Indiana University, Brenau University, and the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy. She has served as a teaching assistant in Montpellier, France for the University of Georgia and has held administrative and instructor positions in both Valencia and León, Spain through the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages. In addition to spending a year in Coria del Río, Spain as an English teacher, she has traveled extensively in Europe, Latin America, and Africa. Her research focuses on international education, particularly undergraduate study abroad access, finance, and decision-making. Melissa currently serves as a graduate research assistant in the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education.