Melissa Smiley earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater in 2010, followed by her Master’s of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2013, focusing on curriculum development and educational technology.

Melissa Smiley

Melissa continued her education in 2016 at UW-Stout pursuing an Educational Specialist degree focusing on instructional design, universal design for learning and developmental psychology of learning. Melissa’s research in this program included studying the impacts of adverse childhood experiences in neurological development and how ACE’s impact learning in adulthood to adjust online course design strategies for more inclusive learning environments.

Melissa has worked in the University of Wisconsin System since 2014, and specifically with UW-Madison since 2016; in 2018, she joined the School of Medicine and Public Health Educational Technology team. Melissa had a brief career detour in 2019 working as an Assistant Director of Learning and Campus Technologies at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. Her true desire to return to UW-Madison came to fruition in August 2020, when she returned to the Education Technology team.

In her current role, Melissa works to support faculty in course design and strategies. Some of her achievements in the UW System include completed the Chancellor’s Academy for Leadership and Innovation, and presenting at local, regional, and national conferences on learning design, inclusive learning and online teaching.