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Melina Ivanchikova

Associate Director of Inclusive Teaching in the Center for Teaching Innovation at Cornell University

Major works

Forthcoming publications, with Eva Infante Mora and Davydd Greenwood, include “CASA-Sevilla: Intercultural Research through Active Pedagogy in Study Abroad,” which is set to appear in Undergraduate Research Abroad: Approaches, Pedagogies, and Challenges (NAFSA), and “Active Learning, Action Research, and Teaching Intercultural Competence in a US University Study Abroad Program in Seville, Spain,” which will appear in the journal Learning and Teaching, in winter 2019.

Melina is a poet, Later the House Stood Empty, 2014 (Boreal Books, Red Hen Press); and Place of Origin, authored with Elena Lafert, 2008 (Oyster River Press).

About Me

Melina Ivanchikova is the associate director of inclusive teaching in the Center for Teaching Innovation at Cornell University. She develops and oversees programming for faculty development focused on diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Areas of interest include reflective and inclusive teaching, global and intercultural learning, intercultural competence, culturally-responsive teaching, and intergroup dialogue.

During her nearly 20-year career, she has fostered inclusion in higher education across several universities, focusing on Latinidad, mentoring, and curriculum development at Northern Essex Community College, a Hispanic Serving Institution; place-based and culturally responsive Earth science curriculum and teacher training (Alaska and Hawaii) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks; and global and intercultural learning and faculty development at Cornell.

She was formerly a faculty member (in English, at Northern Essex), and a curriculum developer, outreach coordinator, and facilitator focused on K-12, Education, and community college partnerships (UAF Geophysical Institute and Cornell Southeast Asia Program).

She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry, an M.A. in English, and a B.A. in Russian/International Relations and Comparative Literature. In 2018-2019, she coordinated a Professional Learning Community in the Geneva City School District focused on intercultural learning.

Melina is bicultural and fluent in Spanish (U.S.-Argentina). She is an organizer and activist in Geneva, NY.

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