melanie eley

Associate Director, Learning Innovations & Accessibility

Information Technology Services

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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Phone: 336.315.7715


Melanie Eley is the Associate Director, Accessibility. Melanie has many years of experience with accessibility and began crafting her expertise soon after earning a M.S. in Counseling. Her position as Director of Counseling Services at Rockingham Community College is where she began her journey into accessibility and has found it to be a challenging yet rewarding field that continues to grow. Melanie has a special interest in accessibility-related pedagogies, and specifically in UDL, as it has the capacity to open learning opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities.

Melanie currently uses her expertise to develop collaborative campus efforts to make course content and instructional spaces (both virtual and physical) accessible for all users. She has had success in the areas of policy development, educational training and resources, and programming. She also leads the Accessibility Fellows and the initiatives that derive from this program’s charge.

Areas of Expertise

  • Web Accessibility
  • Inclusive Course Design
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Committee Assignments

  • Disability Advisory Committee 
  • Information Communication Technology Accessibility Workgroup (Chair) 
  • NC Higher Education Digital Accessibility Collaborative (NCHEDAC) 
  • Web and Mobile Operating Committee (WAMO) 
  • Web Developers Group 
  • Instructional Support Network