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STAC Welcomes Dr. Melissa Collucci

Feb 27, 2018

STAC Welcomes Dr. Melissa Collucci

St. Thomas Aquinas College recently appointed Dr. Melissa Collucci as assistant professor of education, announced Dr. Meenakshi Gajria, dean of the School of Education.

Dr. Collucci (Verona, NJ), received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Education from Rutgers College (NJ), and her Ph.D. in teacher education and development from Montclair State University (NJ). Prior to receiving her Ph.D., she was a primary grade teacher, reading specialist and literacy coordinator in New Jersey for ten years. Dr. Collucci also worked as a literacy consultant and taught literacy education courses at Rutgers Graduate School of Education (NJ), New Jersey City University (NJ) and Montclair State University (NJ). 

Dr. Collucci joined the St. Thomas Aquinas College community in Fall 2017. She teaches literacy education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. “We are very excited to have Dr. Collucci join the School of Education faculty. She brings several years of teaching experience and expertise in culturally and linguistically responsive teaching to the position,” commented Dr. Gajria, dean of the School of Education.

Dr. Collucci’s research focuses on early literacy and linguistically responsive teaching. Her research has been published in several educational publications, and she presented at the Rutgers Annual Reading and Writing Conference in 2017. Dr. Collucci has spent time in the field supporting teachers through various professional development work based on teacher interest, that addressed the Implementation of Guided Reading, the Establishment of a Successful Writing Workshop, the Development of a Balanced Language Arts Block, the Creation of Literacy Centers that Support Authentic Learning, the Content Learning of English Language Learners, and the Inclusion of Successful Comprehension Strategies for Analyzing and Working with Text. 

headshot of Dr. Melissa Collucci

St. Thomas Aquinas College recently appointed Dr. Melissa Collucci as assistant professor of education, announced Dr. Meenakshi Gajria, dean of the School of Education.

Dr. Collucci (Verona, NJ), received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Education from Rutgers College (NJ), and her Ph.D. in teacher education and development from Montclair State University (NJ). Prior to receiving her Ph.D., she was a primary grade teacher, reading specialist and literacy coordinator in New Jersey for ten years. Dr. Collucci also worked as a literacy consultant and taught literacy education courses at Rutgers Graduate School of Education (NJ), New Jersey City University (NJ) and Montclair State University (NJ). 

Dr. Collucci joined the St. Thomas Aquinas College community in Fall 2017. She teaches literacy education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. “We are very excited to have Dr. Collucci join the School of Education faculty. She brings several years of teaching experience and expertise in culturally and linguistically responsive teaching to the position,” commented Dr. Gajria, dean of the School of Education.

Dr. Collucci’s research focuses on early literacy and linguistically responsive teaching. Her research has been published in several educational publications, and she presented at the Rutgers Annual Reading and Writing Conference in 2017. Dr. Collucci has spent time in the field supporting teachers through various professional development work based on teacher interest, that addressed the Implementation of Guided Reading, the Establishment of a Successful Writing Workshop, the Development of a Balanced Language Arts Block, the Creation of Literacy Centers that Support Authentic Learning, the Content Learning of English Language Learners, and the Inclusion of Successful Comprehension Strategies for Analyzing and Working with Text. 

Dr. Collucci can be reached at [email protected] or 845-398-4164.


St. Thomas Aquinas Collegeis an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).