Melanie Kinnell

Certification Specialist and Assistant to the Graduate Program

Academic Preparation

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I graduated from Asbury College in 1977 with a BA degree in French and History, Secondary Education. I did 30 hours of graduate work at Morehead State University, completing a 5th Year program in 1984. I taught French and History at Mt. Carmel High School for 13 years, then was high school librarian for 13 years. I came to work at Asbury College in 2004, beginning as graduate program assistant in July 2005.

Responsibilities at Asbury


As graduate program assistant and certification specialist for the Education Department, I am responsible for data collection, file maintenance and reporting for the department. I serve as the certification officer for the university for both the undergraduate and the graduate candidates for certification. This requires keeping up with state requirements for certification and rank change, and working with the Education Professional Standards Board to see that our candidates are ready to be certified teachers. I am also responsible for Praxis testing information and the federal Title II reports.

Family and Personal Interest

In my personal time, I enjoy reading, crossword and Sudoku puzzles, cooking, and spending time with my family; my son and daughter-in-law are here in Wilmore and my daughter lives in Illinois. My husband is an adjunct professor in Spanish here at Asbury. We enjoy traveling to Spanish- and French- speaking countries, and would love to do more traveling as time goes by.

I enjoy talking and working with Asbury students – praying for each one, sharing their joys, especially as they graduate and move into their teaching ministry careers. Education is dear to my heart, and I find much fulfillment in doing the work here that God has provided.

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