Dr. Melissa Patton


Papers, Publications, TV & Radio Talent, and Presentations:

Dissertation Topic:

Life Management Model Participants: Their Experiences and Persistence as Adult Learners


Many nontraditional/adult students, defined as those who are considered underserved, underrepresented, and/or disadvantaged college students, attend community colleges. Their academic and socioemotional needs are complex. To better meet these needs, college faculty and staff can develop strategic partnerships with community-based organizations and K–12 schools to provide additional support to nontraditional college students. In this phenomenological study, a small group of adult TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) students at a Midwestern community college were interviewed to discover their experiences of participating in a life management model, a strategic model that forms a partnership between community-based organizations and the local community college. The participant responses shed light on how a community-based strategic life management model, institutional support, and personal factors influence nontraditional/adult students and enable them to persist in college.
  • Beyond School Hours Exhibitor
    Orlando, FL
    Corporate Exhibitor
  • Converge Presenter/Unleashed
    Long Beach, CA
    Presentation on sustainable funding strategies
  • Converge Presenter/Group Facilitator
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Exponential Exhibitor
    Orlando, FL
    Corporate Exhibitor
  • Keynote
    Cocoa, FL
    National Honor Society
  • Keynote, Business Acceleration Summit
    Melbourne, FL
  • Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce
    Palm bay, FL
    Overcoming Business Hurdles and Stagnation
  • League of Cities – Keynote
    Melbourne, FL
  • Keynote, Brevard Family Partnership
    Melbourne, FL
  • Keynote, Melbourne Chamber of Commerce
    West Melbourne, FL
    Women of Excellence
  • CCDA
    Cincinnati, OH
    Innovative strategies to develop community partnerships and raise funds for your CCDA
  • Business Essentials Seminar
    Cocoa, FL
    Presentation on corporate branding, marketing, and entrepreneurship
  • Wiley Publishing Company
    Hoboken, NJ
    Selected as talent for Psychology in Action’s online textbook
  • Police Athletic League
    Cocoa, FL
    Weed and Seed Student Graduation Keynote
  • Florida A&M
    Cocoa, FL
    Parent and Student Orientation
    Introduction to Time Management: 101
  • Keynote, Connecticut Human Service Education Conference
    New Haven, CT
  • Iowa Statewide Teaching and Learning Conference
    Des Moines, IA
    Co-Presenter: Supporting Learners Outside the Classroom
  • North Carolina Human Service Education Regional Conference
    Raleigh-Durham, NC
    Welcome: Serving Others Throughout the Life Span
  • Circuit Court of Cook County Third Municipal District Family Violence Coordinating Council
    Palatine, IL
    Keynote: Introduction to Human Trafficking
  • Prosperity Bound Leadership Seminar
    Rockledge, FL
    Presenter: More Than Pom Pom’s
  • Harper College
    Palatine, FL
    Keynote: Embracing Your Call to the Helping Professions
  • Prosperity Bound Entrepreneur Workshop
    Merritt Island, FL
    Guest Speaker: Learning to Swim with The Sharks
  • Midwest Organization Regional Conference
    Jackson, MI
    Co-Presenter: Bending A Survivor’s Faith
  • Southern Organization of Human Services: Regional Conference
    Helen, GA
    Workshop Speaker: Embracing Your Calling to Human Services
  • Midwest Organization of Human Services Regional Conferences
    Topeka, KS
    Workshop Speaker: Pushing Your Passion to the Front Lines
  • University of Northern Iowa
    Teacher Work Sample Dissertation Project
    Invited to pilot a program for prospective adjunct and faculty. Under the direction of the provost, attended training seminars as well as interviews. A 30-page paper analysis of teaching pedagogy. Upon completion, the paper was assessed by a panel and a certificate of completion was issued along with one credit hour towards my post graduate degree.
  • Understanding the Motivation of a Volunteer
    Center for Helping Professionals
  • Just Be There
    The Point Magazine
  • Bernstein/Nash Essentials of Psychology
    Textbook Reviewer
    Asked to review an introduction to psychology textbook for a publisher.
    Worth Publishers Scientific American
    Reviewer – Psychology—Licht/Hull/Ballantyne Review
    Contributor, 2nd edition.
  • Center for the Helping Professions
    Patton, M (2011). Understanding the motivation of a volunteer. Center for Helping Professions.
  • Cyclone Illustrated
    Sports Writer, Ames, IA
  • Times Delphic, Drake University Campus Newspaper
    Columnist, Des Moines, IA
  • Urbandale Press Citizen
    Sportswriter, Urbandale, IA
  • Radio Personality / Life 107.1
  • Talent, Bankers Trust – Commercial
  • Talent, Iowa State University – Commercial
  • Talent, Kraft Foods Company (Kraft Macaroni and Cheese) – Radio Commercial
  • Talent, Mudd Advertising
  • Space Coast Daily
    Front Page Feature: Victory, Making a Difference in the Community
    Volume 11-Issue 6
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  • Lake Washington Living
    Front Page Feature: Meet the Pattons
    February 2021 edition
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