Dr. Melissa L. Johnson serves as the associate director of the University of Florida Honors Program. She has the unique opportunity to work with more than 3,200 of UF’s top students from their admission into the program through alumni development activities. She advises honors students on academic, co-curricular and career development matters, while also teaching innovative courses in professional development, civic engagement and leadership. Melissa received her Ph.D. in educational technology from UF in 2012.
Her community involvement includes the United Way of North Central Florida, where she is a steering committee member for Emerging Leaders United. She is a former chair of the Gainesville / Alachua County Cultural Affairs Board, an inaugural participant in the Gainesville Citizens Academy, and an alumna of eWiTS (Empowering Women in Technology Startups) through the Florida Innovation Hub. Each summer Melissa leverages her local connections for Summer in the City (of Gainesville), an introductory civic engagement course for new Honors freshmen.
Melissa has served as the national chair of the Advising High Achieving Students Commission, a faculty member for the annual Research Symposium, and a member of the Academic Advising Consulting and Speaker Service, all for the National Academic Advising Association. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the National Collegiate Honors Council and previously was the president of the Florida Collegiate Honors Council. She has published and presented extensively on undergraduate honors education, first year experience programs, and pedagogical uses of technology.