Aug. 2, 2010 by mmelendez
Marina J. Melendez, Ph.D. is the dean for the class of 2014. Dean Melendez is an alumna of Wesleyan University twice over. She graduated with her B.A. in Spanish, Women’s Studies in 1983 and with her Masters in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program in 1988. While at Wesleyan, she was a work-study tutor for the Adult Learning Center and Hispanic Program both under Community Action of Greater Middletown (CAGM). She remained in Middletown after graduation (like many Wesleyan graduates) and remained with CAGM while she completed her teaching certificate from Wesleyan’s Educational Studies Program. Once certified to teach Spanish she went for three years to the Hammonasset School, Madison, CT, before she left to raise her two sons, Louis and Tomas. When she returned to the workforce fulltime, she was director of Jobs First Program in New Britain’s, Human Resource Agency. In 1999, she returned to Wesleyan as the director of the Graduate Student Services Program. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of CT in 2008 and became dean of the class of 2010 that same year.
Dean Melendez loves to dance and garden. Summer is her favorite season with spring a close second.
So what does she do as a class dean? As class dean she monitors students’ progress towards graduation (although students are responsible for knowing and meeting the graduation requirements!), provides general academic advice and support, helps students to understand the academic regulations and resolves academic issues, and refers students to the appropriate resources on campus. She works with students from their entry as first-years to their graduation as seniors, and so serves as a “go-to” person for students’ four years at Wesleyan.
Dean Melendez holds regular drop-in hours and also is available by appointment. She is excited to meet each member of the great Class of 2014, so do come to her office Room 215, 2nd floor, North College or call her at 685-2765 to set up a time to meet.