A college professor, higher education administrator and academic writer for nearly 20 years, Melanie Barton Zoltan's employers and clients include large state universities, Ivy League universities, small same-sex colleges, multinational academic publishers and the publishing division of a charter school.
Melanie has taught History and government courses at colleges in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. She divides her time between academic and business writing, with recent academic reference articles in Infectious Diseases: In Context, named an Outstanding Academic Title by ALA/Choice Magazine in 2008 and the Gale Group's Global Issues in Context reference database, named an ALA Outstanding Title and one of School Library Journal's 10 Best Digital Resources for 2009. More of her work is forthcoming in Thomson Gale's Food: In Context, in 2011. She has worked in higher education administration at Kent State University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Harvard Law School and taught at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Nichols College and Bay Path College. She writes book reviews on history and philosophy topics and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the American Historical Association.
By Melanie Zoltan:
I took my first non-traditional education course when I was 11 and enrolled in "Mathemagic" courses on Saturday mornings, and have been hooked ever since. While I completed a traditional education through graduate school and have made a career of teaching and administrative work at the college level for the past 17 years, I've also pursued a variety of continuing education courses as a student, from learning German at Harvard's Extension School to taking online Java programming courses at Northeastern to everything you can imagine in between. I've taught teen writers in a community-based continuing education program and have explained how to use a computer to 60-year-olds returning to college. Whether you're working on Adult Basic Education courses to enter pre-GED classes or prepping for the GREs to power in to grad school, adult and continuing education provides a fresh start with every profile, every story.