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  • Dr. Melisande McCrae joined The American College in July to serve as Associate Dean of Academics, Associate Executive Director of the New York Life Doctoral Program, and Assistant Professor of Research Methods.

    Melisande brings 25 years of leadership experience in higher education to the College.  Most recently, Melisande served as a tenured faculty member in Eastern University’s School of Management Studies where she taught research methods at the graduate and undergraduate level.  Additionally, Dr. McCrae created a new major in organizational leadership that prepares graduates to facilitate and evaluate strategic change in the workplace based on the open systems model of organizations.   Moreover, Melisande worked extensively to establish and monitor educational policy and instructional standards for Eastern University’s Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Chief among Dr. McCrae’s achievements in this area was the creation of an outcomes-based curriculum design and development system that has become the basis for university-wide assessment efforts which received commendation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) . 

    Before joining Eastern University, Melisande led the video communication efforts of Penn State University’s central administration and Commonwealth campuses.  In this capacity, she worked primarily with the Office of the President and faculty on multimedia projects that informed national and regional audiences about the University’s research and outreach initiatives.

    Melisande received her bachelor’s degree from Temple University followed by an M.Ed. and PhD in instructional systems from Penn State University with a concentration and minor in interactive learning technologies and educational psychology respectively.  Her areas of expertise include outcomes-based curriculum design; assessment of student learning; Human Performance Technology (HPT); and research design.

    Dr. McCrae is located in the Bryn Mawr office and will assist Drs. Woerheide and Boseman with the administration of The College’s academic programs and professional designations.
  • M.Ed. Penn State University
    PhD Penn State University
Programs of Study
Centers of

Insurance Education

Registered Health Underwriter®

(Health Insurance)


Chartered Healthcare Consultant®

(Healthcare Specialty)


Registered Employee

Benefits Consultant

(Employee Benefits)


Chartered Leadership Fellow®

(Field or Agency Leadership)


Life Underwriter Training

Council Fellow

(Insurance Skills)


Chartered Life Underwriter®

(Insurance Specialty)

Financial Planning

Chartered Financial Consultant®

(Advanced Financial Planning)


Certification Education

(Financial Planning)


Chartered Advisor for

Senior Living®

(Retirement Income Education)


Financial Services Specialist

(Financial Services Basics)


Chartered Advisor

in Philanthropy®



Retirement Income

Certified Professional

(Retirement Income)

Graduate Degrees

Master of Science in Management

(Executive Leadership)


Master of Science in

Financial Services

(Advanced Financial Planning)