Melissa Chesanko

Morgantown, WV

I am a doctoral student in Curriculum & Instruction at West Virginia University, expecting to graduate with an Ed. D. in May, 2014, with a certificate in University Teaching. My dissertation explores the experiences of LGBTQ students in relations to campus climate, with a particular focus on bringing lived experiences into the classroom and centering marginalized identities.

I have a Masters degree in School Counseling from West Virginia University, with a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. I have a Bachelors in Social work from James Madison University, with a minor in Women's Studies.

I began teaching in Women’s & Gender Studies seven years ago and have also taught within the School of Social Work, both at WVU. I have over twenty courses taught independently and have been selected for several awards based on my teaching. The courses I have taught include introductory women’s studies courses, LGBTQ studies courses, and human sexuality in social work practice. I also have extensive experience presenting, guest lecturing, and giving campus talks.

  • Work
    • WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Education
    • WVU Curriculum & Instruction, Candidate for Ed. D
    • WVU Masters in School Counseling
    • Graduate Certificate in Women's & Gender Studies
    • James Madison University, Bachelor of Social Work
    • Minor in Women's Studies