Marijel (Maggie) Melo

Assistant Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science
Maggie Melo
(919) 962-8366
Manning Hall 214A
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Faculty Expertise:

Innovation, critical maker culture, and the development of equitable and inclusive collaborative learning spaces (e.g. makerspaces) in academic libraries

BA, California Lutheran University
MA (English), California State University of Northridge
PhD (English), University of Arizona

Maggie Melo recently completed her PhD at the University of Arizona, where she was an American Association of University Women Fellow. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in portal: Libraries and the Academy, Hybrid Pedagogy, and Computers and Composition Online. She co-founded the University of Arizona’s first publicly accessible and interdisciplinary makerspace – iSpace – and strategically facilitated its growth from a 400-square-foot room in the Science-Engineering Library to a 5,000-square-foot facility soon to be housed in the University’s Main Library. She also founded the Women Techmakers Tucson Hackathon, the Southwest’s first women’s-only hackathon. She has given keynote addresses and invited-talks at regional and national conferences, including the Google Developer Group’s North American Summit.

Awards and Recognition:
Fellow, American Dissertation Fellowship, American Association of the University Women (AAUW)
Fellow, Digital Pedagogy Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Peter W. Likins Inclusive Excellence Award, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Arizona (2017)
Southwest Popular/ American Culture Association, Popular Culture Pedagogy Graduate Student Paper Award: "Teaching Technical Writing through the Design and Running Escape Rooms" (2017)
Professional Writing Teaching Award. University of Arizona Writing Program (2016)

Selected Publications:
Melo, Marijel. “Knotty Cartographies: Augmenting Everyday Looking Practices of Craft and Race.” Craft Research, 2018
Melo, Marijel and Antonnet Johnson. “Teaching Technical Writing through the Designing and Running of Escape Rooms." Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal for Popular Culture and Pedagogy, 2018
Melo, Marijel. “Exploring Pedagogical Violence: Students’ Right to their Own Learning Experiences.” Hybrid Pedagogy, 2017.
Nichols, Jennifer, Melo, Marijel, and Jason Dewland. "Makerspaces in Academic Libraries: Exploring the Role of Makerspaces as Support for Entrepreneurs and Digital Humanities." portal: Libraries and the Academy, April 2017.
Melo, Marijel. “Exploring Digital Infrastructures: A Heuristic for Multimodal Composition.” Computers and Writing Online, 2014.
Melo, Marijel. 'Viral' Impressions: Composing Infographics for the Classroom and Work Space." Writing Commons, 2014. Won “Best Webtext Award 2015”

Selected Presentations:
Keynote address: “Strategies for Developing Maker-Centric Curriculum for Non-STEM Classrooms.” Northern Arizona University: Cline Library and Faculty Development Symposium. Flagstaff, AZ (November 2016)
"Beyond Professional and Technical Writing: Practicing Usability Testing in Composition" (co-presenters: Dev Bose, Angelia Giannone, Antonnet Johnson). Conference on College Composition and Communication. Portland, OR. (March 2017)
"Virtual Reality in the Writing Class: Encouraging Focused Associational Thinking through Virtual Technologies." Poster presentation. (Co-presenters: Elizabeth Bentley, Kate Chaterdon, José Cortez, Ken McAllister). Conference on
College Composition and Communication (April 2016)
“The Woman Prosumer: Developing Mobile Apps on MIT App Inventor 2." CWSHRC Feminisms and Rhetorics 2015, Tempe, AZ (October 2015)
"Civic Hacking and the Creation of Community 'Knowledge Work.” Conference on Community Writing, Boulder, CO (October 2015)
"If You Can't Beat it, Hack it: Creating Digital Sites of Praxis in the Writing Class." HASTAC 2015, East Lansing, MI. (May 2015)

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