Visiting Professor

Department: College of Education

Office location:

Green Center


Phone: +1 561-237-7083

Why Lynn?

Joe Melita strongly believes that Lynn offers all students a diverse population and the opportunities to fully develop their individual skills and talents while encouraging those students to use the lessons learned to help and advance others. Decisions made at Lynn are made in the best interest of its students and provides the faculty, staff and resources to meet those challenges

Professional profile

Joe Melita joined the College of Education and latter also the department of criminal justice as an adjunct professor three years ago. In the fall of 2017 he was named a visiting professor. He has taught at the undergraduate, masters and graduate levels. He has also served as dissertation chair for several doctoral candidates. In addition he has spoken at many student – centered workshops focusing on s school safety, ethics, law and curriculum.

Prior to coming to Lynn, Melita was the Executive Directive for the Broward County school district’s Special Investigative Unit and Professional Standards department responsible for the safety and security for the nation’s 6th largest school district. He was also member of the Multi-Agency Gang Task Force ( MAGTF) and selected by U.S. Secret Service to study threat assessments and violence and member of the southeast Regional Homeland Security Task Force.

Additionally, he has held the positions of: Principal of Deerfield Beach high school, Assistant Principal at Stranahan High School, classroom teacher, and a personnel investigator for the Florida department of Education.


B.A., Fairfield University
M.S., University of Bridgeport
Ed .D., Florida Atlantic University

Teaching philosophy

Joseph Melita believes that teaching is the ultimate calling for a person, and because of which, teachers have a responsibility to be prepared to meet the challenges every student brings into the classroom. Students, staff and faculty need to learn and work in a safe and secure environment and it is our responsibility to provide the resources to attain that goal. All decisions should be made on behalf of its students, and it is the responsibility of teachers to continue to explore innovative ways to meet the challenges students face daily. His goal is to provide the “ tools “ students and teachers need in their “tool belt “ to be effective

Teaching specialties

Ethics and standards
Safety and security
Staff development
School issues

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