Melanie Brandt

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Director, McBride Honors Program and Associate Teaching Professor


Honors and Scholars House, 204
1704 Illinois Street

Melanie Brandt is the director of the McBride Honors Program in Public Affairs and an associate teaching professor in the University Honors and Scholars Programs Department (UHSP). She began teaching at Mines in 2011 and brought with her an interdisciplinary educational background and a pedagogical quest to make the classroom an engaging, joyful, and dynamic space for learning.

Her contributions to the university include the development of signature classes and experiences for students that promote active learning, interdisciplinary explorations, and high impact practices. While Melanie has previously taught in the EDNS and HASS departments, her home is in UHSP. She can often be heard telling her students that “the narrative of my life, both inside and outside of the classroom, seems to have been written for my for current position” directing the McBride Honors Progam, teaching honors classes, and mentoring students.