Melissa Whatley

Melissa Whatley, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scholar
North Carolina State University
Research & Scholarship Network Leader & Subcommittee Chair

Melissa Whatley, PhD, is a postdoctoral research scholar in the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at North Carolina State University, where she conducts research on issues related to community college student success. Her primary areas of expertise include community colleges, international education, and quantitative research methods. Her work explores issues related to underrepresented students in U.S. international education, particularly low-income and community college students. Whatley is especially interested in the changing role of the community college in U.S. higher education. She publishes frequently in international education journals, including the Journal of Studies in International Education and Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. Her work has also appeared in Research in Higher Education and the Journal of Higher Education. She currently serves as the Research and Scholarship Network leader for NAFSA's Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community.