Melissa Paradee ’99 has returned to College of St. Joseph as vice president of student affairs. She works directly in the areas of residence life, student activities, and judicial affairs and oversees public safety, counseling, and food service.
Paradee earned her B.A. from Castleton State College focusing in the areas of psychology and education. She obtained a teaching license through the State of Vermont in elementary education and special education. She went on to receive a M.Ed. from College of St. Joseph where she served as a graduate assistant for residence life and student activities.
In 2000, Paradee moved to Alabama to work at Huntingdon College where she took on several roles, primarily focusing in residence life. She returned to Vermont and began working at Castleton State College in the Registrar’s Office. By early 2003, Paradee moved over to the Student Life Department where she served as the Coordinator/Director of Student Activities for nearly 12 years. In this capacity, she advised student leaders including the Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, several clubs, and organizations. She also assisted with the selection, training, and supervision of the Student Orientation Staff and the Campus Center Building Managers.
In 2010, Paradee graduated from the University of Vermont with a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy studies. Although she geared most of her course work toward student affairs, her dissertation focused on mentoring. This opened a door for her with the Mentor Connector, a non-profit organization in Rutland where Paradee currently serves on the board.
Aside from her passion for student affairs, Paradee enjoys teaching. She taught narrative writing for two summers to Upward Bound students at Castleton and has been teaching educational psychology since spring 2013. In her spare time, she works part-time as a fitness instructor, plays tennis, and runs in 5K races.