Melissa Gilliam

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Doctor of Education (EdD)

Dr. Melissa Gilliam is a Contributing Faculty Member within the Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University. Her training in educational leadership and administration has allowed her to advocate, train, and oversee compliance for students with disabilities and mentor student teachers for almost 20 years. She has been the Vice Chair and President-Elect of the Elizabeth River Uniserve and served as board member and Treasurer for the Chesapeake Education Association. She has presented at conferences including the Student Virginia Education Association Convention. She has served on doctoral committees and has taught courses in Leadership, Character and Ethics, Trends in Education, and Theories of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Gilliam’s current research interests include advocacy for at-risk students, restorative justice, and program efficacy.


EdD, Liberty University

MS, Old Dominion University

BS, Old Dominion University