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Melissa Jessup

Assistant Professor of Education

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Melissa Jessup

Assistant Professor of Education


  • EdD, Special Education, Ball State University (2019)


Advice to Incoming Students 

Fix your eyes on Jesus, seek Him in all you do, and pursue growth in all areas of your life as you engage in your studies and community life at Taylor.   Luke 10:27 is the best advice: “He answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.

Why I enjoy teaching at Taylor

The opportunity to combine my two greatest passions, my faith and teaching, with students who strive for excellence in all areas of their lives is a privilege and a blessing.  Having been both a spouse of a Taylor faculty member and a parent of two Taylor graduates, it is a privilege to be a faculty member at Taylor University investing in the lives of our students.


I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, traveling, and working in my flower gardens. When I have opportunities to travel with my entire family, it brings me much joy!

Major Career Accomplishments

  • Public school educator for 24 years
  • Completed doctorate in December 2019
  • Facilitating scholarship and participating in the growth of learners, regardless of their age, will always be my greatest career accomplishment.