Melissa is leading Curtin University's learning transformation by building new kinds of school and community partnerships through its Innovative Schools Consortium (ISC) Launched in 2017 with 15 partner schools across Western Australia, the ISC develops high school students' aspirations for university study by offering innovative co-designed curricula, online learning challenges, academic scholarships, and alternative entrance pathways. Through working more strategically with school, community, and industry partners, the ISC offers exciting new learning opportunities to build skills in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and prepare students for workplaces of the future.
Melissa works with the Learning Futures team to develop and strengthen strategic education relationships with stakeholders across sectors at local, national and international levels. She also engages and collaborates with senior academics and managers at Curtin University to identify opportunities and implement educational partnerships and pathways.
Melissa has extensive management experience working in tertiary, museum, not-for-profit, federal and state government roles. She was formerly the Engagement Manager at the Western Australian Museum, and prior to that the Head of the Communications and Media program at the University of Notre Dame. Melissa was an invited speaker at TEDxPerth on online media and social activism, with qualifications including a Ph.D. in Communications, Digital Media and Cultural Studies (University of Western Australia), Masters of Philosophy (University of Cambridge) and BA Honours (First Class, University of Western Australia).