Melissa Whatley, PhD
Melissa Whatley, PhD, is an assistant professor of international and global education at the School for International Training Graduate Institute. Her research applies mixed methods and advanced quantitative analytic approaches to improve the understanding of policies and practices that diversify both who is able to access international education and the outcomes of these opportunities, especially within the context of international education at U.S. community colleges. Through her teaching, Whatley aims to present quantitative research methods in a way that is accessible to diverse students with the goal of promoting inclusion in this area of education. In 2020, Whatley coauthored International Higher Education Research: State of the Field. Whatley is the author of An Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for International Educators, to be published by Springer this year, and is an active researcher, writer, presenter, and contributor to various professional associations. She earned her PhD in higher education from the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education, an MA in romance languages (with a focus on Spanish and French linguistics), and BAs in romance languages (focus on French and Italian), Spanish, and linguistics, all from the University of Georgia. She has worked in Spain and France, and studied abroad in Argentina, France, Ireland, Morocco, and Spain. She currently serves as the Research and Scholarship Network leader for NAFSA's Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community and chairs the network's subcommittee.