Melissa Wright headshot. She is sitting at a table with a framed photograph of Quandra Prettyman behind her.

Melissa Wright

Executive Director, Center for Engaged Pedagogy


Center for Engaged Pedagogy


Melissa A. Wright (she/her) serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Pedagogy (CEP), where she provides strategic direction for the Center and thought leadership across the Barnard community on the principles and practices of post-secondary teaching and learning. In addition to running daily operations at the CEP, Dr. Wright also supports educational grant research and evaluation; regularly consults on curricular development; and fosters dialogue among faculty, students, and teaching staff on topics ranging from equitable grading practices to the implications of AI in the classroom. She also teaches a first-year seminar on food and politics at Barnard. Previously, Dr. Wright was the Senior Associate Director of the CEP and the Associate Director of Assessment and Evaluation at the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Columbia University. She earned her PhD (Comparative Literature) and MA (English) from the University at Buffalo and her BA (English and German) from Canisius College. Her work appears in AEM Education and Training, The Black Scholar, Penumbra: A Journal of Psychoanalysis and Modernity, and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). You will find Dr. Wright in the Center for Engaged Pedagogy, which is 126 Milstein Center