Melissa Ragsdale

Melissa Ragsdale

Associate Faculty

I’m passionate about the power of writing clearly and meaningfully and all the ways it can empower us professionally and personally.

Academic and Professional Degrees Earned

  • M.A., English Literature & Writing Pedagogy

    - Texas Woman's University

  • B.A., English Major, Philosophy Minor

    - University of North Texas

"Everything you need for success is made available to you..."

My Unique Approach to Education

Students have referred to my courses as ‘paint by number,’ because they are so full of accessible, easy-to-follow information. There is no guesswork. Everything you need for success is made available to you, and I enjoy interacting with students on a daily basis. Following instructions and reading carefully for assignments are the keys to unlocking the strong writer and literature lover in you!

Biography

This is my eleventh year to teach for Amberton University. For the past 17 years, I’ve been an English and writing teacher at schools all over Texas, including Texas Woman’s University, The Hockaday School, and Central Texas College. I helped develop the first writing labs at these schools, working with all kinds of students—from middle school age and adult returning students to soldiers stationed overseas—in writing, literature, rhetoric, and even public speaking and journalism. I love working with students and helping them develop strong, powerful writing skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives!

As a professional writer, I’ve worked as a top editor at a couple of national magazines, flying all over the country writing stories about everything from 5-star resorts and celebrities to rattlesnake roundups and book reviews. The best writing gigs I ever landed were jobs as a food critic and restaurant reviewer for magazines and travel websites during both of my pregnancies!

Today, I enjoy teaching Amberton students, raising my kids with my husband, and am busy writing and publishing my own short stories, as well as two books: a novel based on a graduate student caught up in a Texas counterculture, and book of memoir pieces chronicling the lives of my family who have been sheep and cattle ranchers in both New Mexico and Texas for five generations.