Melissa McDaniels' Biographical Statement

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Melissa McDaniels is Assistant Dean of the Graduate School and Director of the Teaching Assistant Program at Michigan State University. She also holds a variety of leadership roles in the National Research Mentoring Network – an NIH-funded initiative focusing on promoting diversity in the biomedical workforce. From 2008-2012, McDaniels served as Director of Michigan State University’s NSF ADVANCE Grant (in the Office of the Provost) where she spearheaded the institution’s efforts to diversify the faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
Prior to working at MSU, she held full time positions at Northeastern University, Boston College, and National Geographic Society. Dr. McDaniels has over twenty years of experience in graduate student and faculty development, undergraduate and graduate teaching, and learning and organizational change. She has had the pleasure of doing research and consulting domestically and internationally on topics related to programmatic/learning assessment in higher education and faculty/graduate student/postdoc research and teaching development. Dr. McDaniels holds degrees from Michigan State University (Ph.D.), Boston College (M.A.), and University of Michigan (B.A.).