Melissa Hayes, Ph.D. (she, her, hers)

Contact Information

Melissa Hayes, Ph.D. (she, her, hers)
Director of the Cooper Center
Academic Affairs
Office location

Cochrane-Woods Library 147

Office hours

By appointment.

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” 
― Malala Yousafzai


Dr. Melissa Hamilton Hayes is the Director of the Cooper Center, which is the Academic Resource Center at Nebraska Wesleyan. She trains and supervises all of the peer consultants in the Cooper Center and helps coordinate the Cooper Tutors.  She also works as an embedded writing consultant with Adult and Graduate students in a variety of fields, from Nursing and Business to Social Work and Organizational Communication. Dr. Hayes has specialties in 20th century American Literature and Rhetoric and Composition, with an interest in women writers, spirituality, and memoir. She teaches in both the Traditional Undergraduate and Adult Education programs. As a certified yoga instructor, she also teaches Yoga I for the Health and Human Performance Department. When she is not on campus, she loves kayaking, hiking, sewing, reading, hanging out with her kids, and walking with her rescue dog, Penny

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B.A. George Mason University, Writing, 1993
M.A. Old Dominion University, Teaching of English, 1995
Ph.D. University of Nebraska, 20th Century American Lit, Rhetoric and Composition, 2003

Courses taught

Archway Seminar 

Identity Thread: Core Course

Masterpieces of Literature

Yoga Theory and Practice

Research and academic interests

Rhetoric and Composition, Writing Center Praxis, Women Writers, Spiritual Narrative, 20th Century American Literature

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards

National College Learning Center Association

International Writing Centers Association

Midwest Writing Center Association

Nebraska Writing Center Consortium

Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, 200 E-RYT