John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Melissa Quinley has over 35 years’ experience as an educator. She taught mathematics for 30+ years in secondary and postsecondary institutions, including eight community colleges in four states. At A-B Tech, Melissa has served as the Department Chair for Developmental Studies, Dean for Academic Success, and currently the Vice President for Instructional Services. In her current position, she oversees six academic divisions, professional development, instructional support, basic skills and the library.

Melissa has served on many college-wide committees related to assessment, accreditation, developmental education, and student success and retention. She was co-chair of the North Carolina state-wide mathematics writing team for the developmental education redesign, part of the NC Community College System’s Developmental Education Initiative. She was a core team leader for A-B Tech when it joined the Achieving the Dream (AtD) initiative, and is currently on the Completion by Design team. Melissa has strongly supported and worked with one of the college’s AtD initiatives to infuse a culture of responsibility into a student’s experience at A-B Tech through the use of On Course strategies and the Workplace Readiness Certificate.

Melissa earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of the Pacific (CA), a Masters in Math Education from the University of Georgia, and an Educational Specialist degree in Higher Education from Appalachian State University (NC). In addition, she attended the Kellogg Institute for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators and the 2008 Advanced Kellogg Institute and is a certified Developmental Education Specialist.