|2017 - Present||Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Communications, Media, and the Arts|
|2018 - 2020||Faculty Coordinator, Nova Southeastern University ‐ First Year Experience, UNIV 1000|
|2016 - 2018||Faculty Coordinator, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Experiential Education & Learning (ExEL)|
|2013 - 2017||Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University ‐ College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences|
|2009 - 2013||Graduate Teaching Assistant, Virginia Tech ‐ Department of English|
|2009||Writing Fellow/Teaching Consultant, Virginia Tech ‐ Blue Ridge Writing Project|
|2008 - 2009||Writing Center Coordinator, Wheaton High School ‐ Silver Springs, Maryland|
|2007 - 2009||English Composition Assistant, Wheaton High School ‐ Silver Springs, Maryland|
Professional Service and Affiliations
|2010 - 2019||Copy Editor, Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture||2012 - 2013||Associate Editor, Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Literacy, and Service Learning||Member, American Association of University Women (AAUW)||Member, College Composition and Communication (CCC)||Member, Modern Language Association (MLA)||Member, National Council for the Teachers of English (NCTE)||Member, National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE)||Member, Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)|
Honors and Awards
- (2019) Professor of the Year STUEY Nominee and Finalist
- (2019) 5-Year Service Award, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
- (2018) Professor of the Year STUEY Nominee and Finalist
- (2016) Faculty Recognition Award, Department of Writing and Communication, CAHSS Spring Faculty Meeting – Year-end honor to one member of each department in the college.
- (2015 – 2018) External Funding Recognition Award Recipient
- (2012) Favorite Faculty Award (Student Nominated), Housing & Residence Life - Virginia Tech
- COMP 1000: Basic Writing
- COMP 1500: College Writing
- COMP 1500H: Honors College Writing
- COMP 2000: Advanced College Writing
- HONR 1000Y: Menace to Society: Comics, Art & More
- UNIV 1000: First-Year Experience
- WRIT 5010: Research Methods
- WRIT 5800: Editing, Layout, and Design
- WRIT 5850: Teaching and Tutoring Second Language Writers
|Present||M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy, Nova Southeastern University|
|2013||Ph.D., Rhetoric and Writing, Virginia Tech|
|2008||M.A., English: Rhetoric and Composition, University of Maryland at Baltimore|
|2006||B.A., Professional Writing, York College of Pennsylvania|
Common Practices for First-Year Experience Faculty Development The Journal of Faculty Development (2019)
The eight common practices highlighted in this article reflect the fascinating, hard work of many FYE administrators and faculty who are committed to first-year students and FYE faculty success. As they designed and implemented the ...
Introduction to the Special Section: The Importance of Faculty Development Programs for Teaching First-Year Seminar Courses The Journal of Faculty Development (2019)
Recognized by the association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U;) as a high-impact practice, first-year experience (FYE) programs have long proven to be effective at helping first-year college students assimilate into college life. In return, ...
Review of Visualizing Jewish Narrative: Essays on Jewish Comics and Graphic Novels edited by Derek Parker Royal ImageTexT (2019)
Derek Parker Royal’s edited collection Visualizing Jewish Narrative demonstrates that enduring questions can be found at the intersection of Jewish identity and the world of comics—the industry, the cultural phenomenon, and the field of academic ...
The E-STEAM (Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Project for Girls Mentoring Program The Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching (2018)
The Nova Southeastern University Branch of the American Association of University Women (NSU AAUW) developed the E-STEAM Project for Girls - an initiative to attract at risk 12-17-year-old girls to STEAM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, ...
Teaching Peer Review of Writing in a Large First-Year Electrical and Computer Engineering Class: A Comparison of Two Methods 122nd ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition (2015)
Despite recognition of the importance of communication skills in electrical and computer engineering curricula, instructors are often reluctant or unwilling to include writing assignments in their courses. Furthermore, when these assignments are included they often ...
Understanding Rhetoric: A Guide to Writing by Elizabeth Losh, Jonathan Alexander, Kevin Cannon, and Zander Cannon [Book Review] Composition Studies (2015)
The authors of Understanding Rhetoric utilize the comics medium to present writing concepts for first-year composition courses and beyond. The title is a nod to the foundational comics theory treatise by Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics, ...
Review of Comics and Language: Reimagining Critical Discourse on the Form by Hannah Miodrag ImageText (2015)
Recently I noticed a graduate student struggling with the amorphous nature of comics scholarship. She wanted to examine how comics authors execute shifts in consciousness or point of view, but quickly became frustrated with existing ...
The Work of Comics Collaborations: Considerations of Multimodal Composition for Writing Scholarship and Pedagogy Composition Studies (2015)
Though multimodality is increasingly incorporated into our pedagogies and scholarship, explorations of collaborative multimodal composition are lacking. Existing literature on collaborative writing focuses predominately on texts either composed in singular modes or by a single ...
Improving Student Writing through Multiple Peer Feedback Frontiers in Education: Energizing the Future (2013)
It is widely recognized that effective written communication skills are essential for engineers. However, many engineering instructors are reluctant to integrate writing assignments into their curricula and writing instruction is often relegated to a technical ...
Comics, Journalism, and War Discourse Public Knowledge Journal (2011)
Molly Scanlon's paper proposes that alternative narratives of foreign cultures in times of conflict can challenge the mass media narrative of Israel-Palestine through the work of comics journalist Joe Sacco—a writer who provides readers more ...
Books and Book Contributions (2)
Stories of Becoming: Demystifying the Professoriate for Graduate Students in Composition and Rhetoric Communication, Media, and Arts Faculty Book and Book Chapters (2021)
Based on findings from a multiyear, nationwide study of new faculty in the field of rhetoric and composition, Stories of Becoming provides graduate students—and those who train them—with specific strategies for preparing for a career ...
Innovation and Restoration: A History of Introductory Academic Writing at the University of Maryland Academic and Professional Writing in an Age of Accountability (2018)
What current theoretical frameworks inform academic and professional writing? What does research tell us about the effectiveness of academic and professional writing programs? What do we know about existing best practices? What are the current ...
No Commonplaces Here: New Faculty Stories of the Discipline and What We Learn after Leaving Graduate School CAHSS Faculty Presentations, Proceedings, Lectures, and Symposia (2020)
Institutions, Labor Issues, and Professional Life Theme: From Graduate School to (Early) Career: Mentoring and Professionalization of Graduate Students. [Panel of Speakers] This session reports on a study of graduate students’ mentoring needs; articulates early-career ...
From Graduate School to (Early) Career: Mentoring and Professionalization of Graduate Students. Conference on College Composition and Communication Communication, Media, and Arts Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, and Lectures (2020)
Certain stories of our discipline have been over/underrepresented in graduate study at the expense of an inclusive picture our profession. This presentation shares findings from a CCCC Research Initiative study on new faculty, specifically the ...
Faculty Development: Web-Enhance and Blended Learning in Experiential Learning CAHSS Faculty Presentations, Proceedings, Lectures, and Symposia (2019)
At NSU, Experiential Education has led the way to real-world learning experiences through its First-Year Experience course. The initiative combined NSEE's 8 Principles with instructor development best practices to implement web-enhanced and technology-rich strategies for ...
Faculty and Staff Development: Web-Enhanced and Blended Learning in Experiential Learning CAHSS Faculty Presentations, Proceedings, Lectures, and Symposia (2019)
At NSU, Experiential Education has led the way to real-world learning experiences through its FirstYear Experience course. The initiative combined NSEE's 8 Principles with instructor development best practices to implement web-enhanced and technology-rich strategies for ...
Written Critical Reflections–The Cornerstone of ExEL Assessment ExEL Conference (2019)
In this presentation, participants will learn how reflections can be used by students to demonstrate learning by experience. Participants will be able to define reflection, articulate its significance in experiential learning pedagogy, and practice reflection ...
Breaking Down the Process: How to Effectively Engage & Assess Student Writing Communication, Media, and Arts Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, and Lectures (2019)
Melissa Bianchi presented "Breaking Down the Process: How to Effectively Engage & Assess Student Writing,” with collaborators Molly Scanlon and Kelly Concannon. It was for a Writing & Communication Center Consultant Workshop at Nova Southeastern ...
Experiential Education and Instructional Technology: Adapting Face-To-Face Courses to Online Spaces CAHSS Faculty Presentations, Proceedings, Lectures, and Symposia (2018)
In an effort to sustain institutional change championing experiential education, the members of this panel collaborated on the facilitation of a series of professional development workshops. One of the workshops, a session on adapting experiential ...