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Melissa McDaniels

Senior Advisor to the Dean for Research Mentoring

Michigan State University

Melissa McDaniels is Senior Advisor to the Dean for Research Mentoring at the Graduate School and Postdoc Office at Michigan State University where she has been working to support graduate students and postdocs at Michigan State as they develop their capacities as postsecondary instructors and mentors. She is also an Investigator with and part of the leadership team of the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In her role as CIMER Investigator, she is leading a project as a part of the APS’s NSF INCLUDES Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN). From 2014-2019 she also served as Co-Director of the NIH-supported National Research Mentoring Network’s Master Facilitator Initiative.

From 2008-2012, McDaniels served as Director of Michigan State University’s NSF ADVANCE Grant where she spearheaded the institution’s efforts to diversify the faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. In this role she was responsible for the development and implementation of MSU's new faculty mentoring policy. Prior to working at MSU, she held full time positions at Northeastern University, Boston College, and National Geographic Society. McDaniels has over twenty years of experience in graduate student and faculty development, undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning and organizational change. She has had the pleasure of doing research and consulting domestically and internationally. McDaniels holds degrees from Michigan State University (PhD), Boston College (MA), and University of Michigan (BA).