In 2013, Mellinger was appointed director of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan, a critical component of the university’s reaccreditation efforts. He also was key to the development and success of the university’s First-Year Experience.
Mellinger was chair of the Department of Mathematics for six years. In 2008, he was recognized with the UMW Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award. He’s also an avid musician, active in the local music scene.
In announcing Mellinger’s appointment as dean, Provost Nina Mikhalevsky wrote that he “brings the necessary experience, skills, knowledge, and genuine commitment to our students and faculty, to provide the kind of leadership of the College of Arts and Sciences that will enable us to address our current challenges, strengthen and enhance our academic programs, and ensure the central and critical role of the College of Arts and Sciences in implementing our strategic vision and moving UMW forward.”
Mellinger received a B.S. from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. Before coming to UMW in 2003, he served a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Illinois at Chicago.