MVenable-2019-1Melissa A. Venable, PhD

While I do have a terminal degree, my career has not been that of the traditional academic. My path includes work in a wide variety of settings ranging from nonprofits to military contractors. I am an instructional designer with experience in industry and higher education (public, private, and for-profit).

My background includes working in student services as a career counselor, academic advisor, and instructor of undergraduate and graduate courses.

I received my doctorate in 2007, in curriculum and instruction – instructional technology, focusing on the online delivery of career decision-making interventions. I also hold graduate degrees in administration and instructional psychology, and am a certified career coach.

Contact Information

You can contact me via email: melissa.a.venable @ gmail.com, Twitter, or:


Experience and Interests

I am currently a Writer and Online Education Advisor at Red Ventures Education creating resources for current and perspective students, and conducting original research for BestColleges.com. You can find more of my writing with the BestColleges blog and CareerNetwork.org.

Since 2012, I’ve been on the editorial board of eLearn Magazine, and joined Career Convergence as a co-editor for Features in 2020. I also serve on the Board of the Beaufort Digital Corridor, networking with local leaders to develop tech-based resources and work opportunities in my community.

My previous employers include: the Distance Course Design and Consulting (DCDC) Group at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kaplan Higher Education (now Purdue Global), KnowledgeTech, Inc., Saint Leo University, the University of South Florida, and Syracuse University.

I am interested in opportunities to work collaboratively on the design and development of learning products and systems. Areas in which I may be able to provide assistance:

  • Instructional Design – creating effective online education and training environments, from self-paced tutorials to academic courses
  • Content Creation – career development and online education articles, white papers, blog posts, and other formats for online publication
  • Consulting – social media management, website basics, needs analysis

Offline I am running, reading, traveling, and trying to spend more time outside

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