Dr. Melissa Whatley

GlobalEd Visiting Faculty


Dr. Melissa Whatley is assistant professor of international and global education at SIT Graduate Institute. Her research applies quantitative and mixed-methods approaches to improve our understanding of policies and practices that impact access and equity in U.S. international education, particularly in the community college context. She teaches courses on quantitative research methods, theoretical foundations of comparative and international education, and program planning and design in SIT’s master’s and doctoral programs in international and global education. She is author of An Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for International Educators (2022). Her research has been featured in journals such as the Journal of Higher EducationResearch in Higher Education, the Journal of Studies in International Education, and Higher Education. She is associate editor for the Journal of International Students.

recent publications

Whatley, M. (in press, 2022). A quasi-experimental approach to understanding study abroad’s impact on academic success among community college students. Journal of Higher Education.

Whatley, M. (2022). Who participates in the internationalized curriculum? An exploration of access at one community college. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Available online ahead of print.

Whatley, M., LaVenture, S., & Russell, N. (2022). Centering equity in community college virtual international exchange: An exploration of program typology and participant demographics. Journal of International Students, 12(S3), 17-37.

globaled projects

Melissa will be developing an online course for GlobalEd.



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