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Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Director of First Year Experience and Associate Professor of English
Ph.D., M.A., B.A., English, Tulane University
Melanie McKay is Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans. She has served Loyola in various capacities for 20 years, as faculty member, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, and Special Assistant to the Provost for Professional Development, a position established in 2007 to enhance faculty development at the university. After launching a Center for Faculty Innovation and designing a range of professional development programs for faculty across the university, she was appointed Vice Provost in 2009. In this capacity, she has created a new First-Year Experience program for Loyola’s incoming students, continued to direct faculty development, and directed the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan, among her other duties. Before coming to Loyola, Dr. McKay served as founding director for the University of New Orleans Downtown Center and director of the James L. Knight Center for the University of Miami. Her community activities include extensive consulting in professional communications with non-profits, financial institutions, government agencies and industry; several years as Vice President of the Board of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival and director of literary programming; consulting and teaching for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. She is the author of numerous books and articles on rhetoric, professional communications, and literature.