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Melissa Wright

Interim Executive Director, Center for Engaged Pedagogy


Center for Engaged Pedagogy


Melissa A. Wright is the Interim Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Pedagogy (CEP). She is also affiliate faculty within English, where she currently teaches a First-Year Seminar on food and politics. Most recently, she was the Senior Associate Director of the CEP, directing daily operations, developing programming and resources for students and faculty, supporting grant research and evaluation, and collaborating on digital pedagogy projects with colleagues across the Milstein Centers. She earned her PhD (Comparative Literature) and MA (English) from the University at Buffalo and her BA (English and German) from Canisius College. Prior to Barnard she was the Associate Director of Assessment and Evaluation at the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Columbia University. At the CTL, she consulted with faculty on the assessment and evaluation of course innovations; trained and mentored graduate student fellows on qualitative and quantitative assessment methods; and provided leadership on strategic planning, equitable assessment practice, and ePortfolios. While at the University at Buffalo, she taught courses in first-year writing and served as a teaching fellow for UB’s first-year seminar. Her current scholarly work focuses on Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction U.S. literature and the status of consent in the history of psychoanalysis. Her work appears in The Black Scholar and Penumbra: A Journal of Psychoanalysis and Modernity. You will find Dr. Wright in the Center for Engaged Pedagogy, which is 126 Milstein Center.