Sondra Melzer, Ph.D.
Sondra Melzer, Ph.D. joined Sacred Heart University Faculty of Education in 1995. From 1971-1995 Dr. Melzer was Chairman of the English Department, Westhill High School, Stamford, Connecticut. She has held a position as an adjunct Professor of English at the University of Connecticut for the past twenty five years and has taught both English and Education courses at the University of Bridgeport and Fairfield University.
Dr. Melzer was a Senior Consultant with Harris McCully Associates, Inc., New York (1995-1997) and has been an independent Educational Consultant and Lecturer.
For the past eight years, Dr. Melzer has served as the Interim Director of the Sacred Heart Education Program at the Stamford Campus.
More recently, Dr. Melzer has taught a series of courses on American Jewish Literature for the Mid-Eastern and Judaic Studies Program at the University of Connecticut and has presented two papers as a visiting Professor on the works of Philip Roth for the Center for Mid-Eastern and Judaic Studies Program at University of Connecticut. She was honored at the University of Connecticut in 2003 by the establishment of the "Melzer Bannerjee Scholarship for Excellence in Women's Studies." This scholarship was endowed by Chandana Banerjee, a former student to honor Dr. Melzer's work and influence in the Women's Studies Program.
Since her arrival at Sacred Heart University, Dr. Melzer has been active in the constant refinement of the Intern Program, the development of many events on campus including the Job Fair and foremost dedicated to the belief that a University is a place of discourse - that the classroom is a sacred place where some things always matter and still endure regardless of the passage of time and technology, that teaching is a noble and demanding and abundantly rewarding profession. It is a teachers privilege to "keep alive the old verities and truths," to talk about compassion, sacrifice, of small victories and kindness, to care about their students no matter what, to be a source of inspiration and to maintain above all a tough mind and a tender heart.
Dr. Melzer has just completed her fifty-second year in teaching.
Degrees and Certifications
- BA University of Connecticut – l954
- MA Fairfield University – l967
- Ph.D. New York University – l984
- Student teaching Seminar
- Classroom Management
- Methods of Teaching (English and History)
- Societal Issues
Research Interests & Grants
- Secondary Education: English
- Urban Education
- Women’s Literature
- Association of University Women
- Jewish Studies: Authors, Historical Issues
- Presentations: Modern Language Association; Jewish Historical Society; American Literature and Holocaust Symposium
- Mid-eastern and Judaic Studies Program – University of Connecticut
- Author: Rhetoric of Rage, Women in Dorothy Parker
- National Council of Teachers of English
Honors, Awards & Fellowships
Dr. Melzer received an "Outstanding Secondary Educators of America Award" (1972-73), has been a two time finalist as Stamford "Teacher of the Year,"(1987, 1988) received a "Celebration of Excellence” award from the State of Connecticut (1991), won a National Center of Excellence award honoring the English Department from N.C.T.E.(1989) and has hosted a television series, "Exploring Literature" (1985,1986). Dr. Melzer has also been selected by Stamford High School for their "Wall of Fame" (2003). The Stamford High School "Wall of Fame" is used to honor the achievement, leadership and inspiration of alumni as an exemplar to present students.
In 2009, Dr. Melzer was presented with the Dean's Service Award by Dean Patricia Walker, College of Education and Health Professions, Sacred Heart University in "recognition of outstanding service and dedication” to the college and the Isabelle Farrington School of Education.
Publications and Presentations
As a writer and poet, she has been published in the James Joyce Quarterly, The English Journal and Women in Literature and Life Assembly. She has also been the Literary Consultant for "Humanities" for D.C. Heath Publishing Company, Living Literature textbook series and has served on the Advisory board for H.P. Kopplemann, Inc. publishers. In 1997, she published her book "The Rhetoric of Rage: Women in Dorothy Parker" a feminist study of the treatment of women in the works of Dorothy Parker.
Dr. Melzer has been a presenter for the National Council of Teachers of English for English Department Chairpersons, has led leadership workshops on "Motivation and Management" and has been a Regional Judge of Writing for the National Council of Teachers of English Competition for sixteen years.
In 1989, Dr. Melzer was awarded a Fellowship to study the Holocaust in Israel. She has since taught "The Holocaust Revisited" at the University of Bridgeport to over four-hundred teachers in Connecticut. In 1996, she was selected to train for the "Survivors of the SHOAH": Visual History Foundation," under the leadership of Stephen Spielberg.
Dr. Melzer presented a paper to the Modern Language Association Convention, Toronto, Canada on "American Female Satirists" in 1998 and in October 1999 presented a paper to the American Literature Association Conference in Florida: "Just a Little Jewish Girl Trying to be Cute: Women in Dorothy Parker."