Dr. Keith E. Mellinger, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Mathematics, earned a Ph.D. (2001) and M.S. (1997) in mathematics from the University of Delaware, after receiving a B.S. (1995) in mathematics from Millersville University (Pennsylvania). He also had a VIGRE (Vertical Integration of Research and Education) post-doctoral position at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The recipient of many internal grants and a Jepson Fellowship from UMW, Dr. Mellinger is a Project NExT fellow through the Mathematical Association of America. In 2006, he was awarded a young investigator grant from the National Security Agency for his research in finite geometry and coding theory. In 2008, Mellinger was recognized with the UMW Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award, and in 2010, he and a Virginia Tech colleague received a national writing award from the Mathematical Association of America. In 2013, the Millersville University Alumni Association honored Dr. Mellinger with their Young Alumni Achievement Award. An accomplished scholar and researcher, Dr. Mellinger has published many articles on both mathematical research and pedagogy, and has delivered presentations at conferences and meetings all over the world.
Prior to his position as Dean, Dr. Mellinger served as the mathematics department chair, interim director of Academic and Career Services, and director of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan where he helped reform the First-Year Experience. He was appointed Dean in the summer of 2018.