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.

Friday, November 13, 2020 - 2:50pm

On November 6, the Institute welcomed back Angela Bell (PhD 2009) and Melissa Whatley (PhD 2019) for virtual presentations on the state of study abroad research and how these programs can survive the pandemic and emerge as agents for more equitable opportunities and o

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 9:53am

Bryan McAllister-Grande and Melissa Whatley (PhD 2019) produced a white paper for NAFSA entitled "International Higher Education Research: State of the Field."

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 9:08am

Melissa Whatley (PhD 2019) and Amy Stich study inequalities in access to study abroad opportunities. Their latest research findings are published in The Journal of Higher Education online.

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