Elizabeth Melvin, M.Ed.

Faculty Development Facilitator and Assistant Professor

Chicago, IL

Passionate educator. Talented writer. Avid reader.

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Education
  • M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, American InterContinental University (2008)
  • BA, Fiction Writing, Columbia College of Chicago (2004)
  • AA, Liberal Arts, Wabaunsee Community College (2001)
Background

Elizabeth Melvin has been with CTU since 2004. In 2011, she entered into her role as Faculty Development Facilitator. Prior to this, Melvin worked as a Prior Learning Assessment Specialist and an Instructional Quality Analyst. She began teaching at CTU in 2009 and is currently an Assistant Professor of UNIV courses.

In 2010, Melvin joined the Associated Writers and Writing Program group. She had the opportunity to present at the 31st Annual Lilly Conference on College Teaching in 2011 and the Sloan-C Blended Learning Conference in 2012. She currently serves on the board of appeals and the 2012 Faculty Summit Committee for Colorado Technical University. Melvin also serves on a development subcommittee that is devoted to developing technology and opportunity to create a professional learning community for faculty.

Academic Specialization/Focus at CTU

Faculty development and general education

Why are YOU IN?

I am IN to create a one-of-a-kind educational experience for my students and to mentor fellow faculty members to do the same.

Watch Elizabeth’s CTU Story.


What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe students want to learn something useful and my job is to show them how all knowledge can be used. My advice is to make a time management plan, including time to read announcements, e-mails, instructor files, handbooks, catalogs, biographies, industry journals, news. Your answers are in beautiful professional font just waiting for you to find them.

Aside from higher education, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about community; it is very important to me that my kids are grateful for our lot in life and that we support our community. I am passionate about fiction; I love to read so much that I even read about writing and reading! I am passionate about education; I believe access to an education is a basic human right and I believe it is the key to a fulfilled life. Last, I am passionate about food; there are so many delicious dishes out there to try!

Publications
  • A paper titled “Reengaging Adjuncts: A Professional Learning Community Exploration” has been submitted for publication. The work was the basis for a presentation at Sloan-C Milwaukee in 2012.
Professional memberships
  • Associated Writers and Writing Programs (2010)
Research interests
  • Literature
  • Adult education
  • Communication
  • Faculty development
  • Learning communities
  • Social archetypes
  • Mythology