Kristine Melloy, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty,
Department of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Kris Melloy is excited to join the ACE team as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Kris has spent her vocation as an education professional as a classroom teacher, high school principal, data and instructional coach, teacher and administrator educator in higher education institutions, and university administrator. Kris's research interests focus on inclusive school environments, school leadership, and social justice and equity for students with disabilities. Her latest publications are based on creating socially just schools for students with emotional and behavioral disorders, and preparing educational leaders for 21st Century inclusive schools. 


  • Doctorate in Special Education
    The University of Iowa
  • Master's in Elementary Education
    Loras College
  • Bachelor's in Special Education and Elementary Education
    Loras College

Research Interests

  • Inclusion
  • Preparation of leaders for equitable and inclusive schools
  • Socially just and equitable education for students with disabilities 
  • High leverage practices for inclusive schools
  • Melding special and general education to ensure free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE) for all students