PhD, 2019

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Melissa Whatley is a postdoctoral research scholar at North Carolina State University's Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research. In this role, she conducts quantitative research related to community college student outcomes and community college campus culture with a view to informing policies and practices that contribute to student success. Her broader research agenda focuses on institutional and social stratification in international higher education, especially study abroad. Her work aims to identify policies and practices that promote more equitable and inclusive international higher education in the United States. 

Whatley's recent work has appeared in journals such as Research in Higher Education, American Educational Research Journal, and Journal of Studies in International Education. She is the 2018 recipient of the Association of International Education Administrators' Harold Josephson Award for Professional Promise in International Education and was also recipient of the Institute of Higher Education's Thomas G. Dyer Outstanding Dissertation Research Award (2017-18) and Zell and Shirley Miller Fellowship (2018-19).

She earned Bachelors of Arts in Romance Languages, Spanish, and Linguistics and a Master's of Arts in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia.

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:59am

Melissa Whatley's paper, "Study Abroad Participation: An Unintended Consequence of State Merit-Aid Programs?" appears in Research in Higher Education Online First.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 12:09pm

In addition to the large group of IHE faculty and students who presented papers at the AERA conference in Toronto (April 5-8), Noble Jones (PhD 2018) received the 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award from AERA's Division J, and Associate Professor Tim Cain was recogniz

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 11:00am

IHE faculty and students will be attending the 44th Annual AEFP Conference in Kansas City, MO on March 21-22, 2019.

Ph.D. candidate Hee Jung Gong will present a paper with Rob Toutkoushian on “The Impact of the TRIO Program on the College Choice Process.”

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 12:57pm

IHE postdoctoral associate Meredith Billings and doctoral student Melissa Whatley were selected as fellows for the 2019 NCES Data Institute: Using Federal Datasets to Support Research on Postsecondary Education.

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 10:14am

Ph.D. student Melissa Whatley is published in the graduate student research-in-progress section of the winter 2019 issue of the Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education.