Dr. Melissa Hamilton Hayes is the interim director of the Cooper Center at Nebraska Wesleyan University. The Cooper Center serves as both a writing and academic resource center on campus. As interim director, she directly trains and supervises the students that work in the writing center and those who tutor within various disciplines. She also runs the day to day operations and manages the mission, vision, and outreach of the Cooper Center. She also spends time in the "Mini-Cooper Center" in Burt Hall, which is a smaller writing center that works exclusively 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 the Archway Seminar, Identity: Exploration and Discovery, and Masterpieces of Literature. As a certified yoga instructor, she also teaches Yoga I: Theory and Practice for the HHP Department.
When she is not on campus, she loves gardening, golfing, hiking with her husband, hanging out with her kids, sewing, reading and running or playing fetch with her chocolate lab.
She is a proud Virginian who strongly identifies with her Mid-Atlantic roots growing up on the Chesapeake Bay. However, she loves living in the Midwest and appreciates the beauty of the prairie.