Melanie McClellan

Melanie McClellan, Ph.D.

Professor & Interim CSA Program Director

Phone: 678-839-6069 | Fax: 678-839-6162


Office: Education Annex 247


    Melanie McClellan has more than 30 years of experience in student affairs at four institutions. She served UWG as Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and Dean of Students for 11 years. As Vice President she focused on increasing enrollment, improving student success, establishing procedures for responding to students in distress, and creating a vibrant campus life through programs, services, and facilities. After retiring as Vice President Emerita in 2011, she returned to the UWG to lead the College Student Affairs graduate program. Melanie’s previous positions included Associate Vice President and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs at Georgia Southern University, Director of Housing & Residence Life at Mississippi State University, Career Counselor for Faculty & Staff at The Ohio State University, and Student Personnel Assistant for the Association of College & University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I). She served as an adjunct faculty member at Mississippi State, Georgia Southern, and West Georgia, and has made more than 50 presentations at professional meetings on topics including administration and supervision, managing change, campus collaborations, improving student success, dealing with distressed and disruptive students, building student life facilities, and the development of student affairs. She was on the Executive Boards of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA), the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO), and ACUHO-I. She has served on the faculties of the National Housing Training Institute and the SACSA Mid-Managers Institute. She received the Charles Beene Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to SEAHO and the H. Howard Davis, Sr. Award for Outstanding Service to SACSA.


    • B.A., Communication, University of Alabama, 1979
    • M.Ed., Counselor Education/College Student Personnel, Mississippi State University, 1983
    • Ph.D., Higher Education and Student Affairs, Ohio State University, 1993

    Courses Taught

    • Spring 2014
      • CEPD-6175 (Student Affairs Practicum) Section: N02
      • CEPD-6179 (Capstone Seminar - Student Aff) Section: 01
    • Fall 2013
      • CEPD-6170 (Found of Coll Student Affairs) Section: 01 [ View Syllabus ]
      • CEPD-6179 (Capstone Seminar - Student Aff) Section: 01D [ View Syllabus ]
    • Spring 2013
      • CEPD-6178 (The American College Student) Section: 01 [ View Syllabus ]
      • CEPD-6179 (Capstone Seminar - Student Aff) Section: 01 [ View Syllabus ]

    Selected Publications

    • McClellan, M.A. (2010). SACSA conversations. College Student Affairs Journal.
    • McClellan, M.A, & Cawthon, T.W. (eds.) (2005). Special Issue of the College Student Affairs Journal, on "Student Affairs Professionals: Balancing Personal and Professional Lives."
    • McClellan, M.A. (2005). When you die, your inbox will be full. College Student Affairs Journal.
    • Dyer, B. & McClellan, M. A. (2002). One institution's quest for community. College Student Affairs Journal.
    • Cawthon, T. W., & McClellan, M. A. (2002). Networking. In Conneely, J. F. (Ed.). Pursuing a Career in Housing. Monograph for the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International.
    • McClellan, M. A., Cawthon, T.W., & Tice, G. E. (2001). Why university housing philosophy matters. Journal of College and University Student Housing.
    • Cawthon, T. W., McClellan, M. A., Grandpre, E. A., & Dunn, M. D. (2001). The doctoral experience of student affairs administrators. College Student Affairs Journal.