Melissa Ianetta

Class of '58 Professor and Executive Director of the Writing and Communication Program

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Writing and Communication Program


Melissa Ianetta is the Executive Director of Writing and Communication and the Class of 1958 Professor of Communication. Her scholarship includes essays on disciplinarity that have appeared in College Composition and Communication, College English, PMLA, and Rhetoric Review; research on editing practice that have appeared in WPA: Writing Program Administration and College English; and works on peer tutoring and writing program administration that have appeared in Writing Center Journal and WPA: Writing Program Administration. From 2017-2022,  she edited the journal College English. With Dr. Lauren Fitzgerald of Yeshiva University, she co-authored The Oxford Guide for Writing Tutors: Practice and Research, and, for five years, they collaboratively co-edited Writing Center Journal, work for which they received the Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial or Design Achievement. Drs. Ianetta and Fitzgerald were co-recipients of the Ron Maxwell Leadership Award from the National Council on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Dr. Ianetta’s  recent courses include a peer tutor preparation seminar as well as first-year writing seminars focused on writing culture and empirical research.


Research Fields:
  • Communication


  • LMC-4813: Special Topics: Tutoring Writing: Practice and Research