Melissa L. Freeman holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration (2007); an M.A. in political science/public administration (2000); and a BSS in political science, sociology, and interpersonal communications (1997) from Ohio University (Athens, OH). She is the director of the Higher Education Administration & Leadership (HEAL) program; an assistant professor of business, and director of the School of Business Survey Research Center at Adams State University. Dr. Freeman teaches courses in higher education, public administration and nonprofit management, survey/marketing research and public opinion, and public policy and analysis.
She specializes in quantitative applications for policy and research drawing upon her experience as a researcher with the Center for Higher Education at Ohio University and her experience working with national datasets at the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Her research interests include access issues to higher education, particularly for rural and first generation students as well as students of color.
She currently serves on the board of directors for the La Puente organization and the Gingerbread House Early Learning Center as Co-chair. In 2000 she was awarded the Department of Political Science, Outstanding Public Administration Scholar Award. In 2006, she received a national fellowship for dissertation study from the National Center for Education Statistics/Association for Institutional Research (NCES/AIR), one of only two awarded that year.
Before coming to Adams State University, Freeman spent 22 years working for the State of Ohio, 18 of which were at Ohio University. There she served in several capacities including, research administration, legislative liaison, special projects, grant and budget management, research associate, and adjunct instructor.