Dr. Melissa McFarland is excited to engage with graduate students as they enhance their writing skills. She has taught at the college level since 2001 at a variety of institutions and has been teaching online since 2005. She has had a variety of leadership positions in education, including department chair, program manager, and assessment coordinator. Her research interests focus on innovation, communication, and community colleges. At Walden, she teaches Graduate Writing I, II, and III courses, where she is fortunate to mentor and guide students into scholarly writing expectations as they begin their doctoral work.
In addition to teaching duties, Dr. McFarland has written numerous accreditation reports, with each of them receiving good reviews and praise, with no recommendations. She has also coordinated state-level conferences for community college communications faculty (Speech and English) and was part of founding a branch of TYCA-SE for SC faculty. She has presented at numerous conferences, with a focus on practical applications. Outside of academia, she is an avid reader (mostly sci-fi, fantasy, and modern fiction) and film buff. When she ventures outdoors, she enjoys hiking, boating, and people-watching.