Melessa Henderson

Melessa Henderson, J.D.

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Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Department:  Humanities & Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education, University of Minnesota in Morris
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law
Ph.D. Student in Public Policy and Administration with an emphasis in Criminal Justice

Classes Taught:
Composition; Writing and Literature; Business Law

How Your Program Is Unique Here:
My teaching style is highly facilitative rather than lecture. I hope to engage as many learning styles as possible and believe that skill sets are intertwined, though often taught as separate classes.

From A Career Standpoint, What Students Will Be Prepared To Do With A Degree From Your Program:
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

My faith has been strengthened by:

  1. “If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He exists.” Blaise Pascal
  2. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
  3. “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” – I Corinthians 13: 11-12

Favorite Bible Verse and Why:
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” – Proverbs 31:8-9

Speaking up is an affirmative command to do something, yet, even Christians often pander to popularity out of foolish fear. I hope to equip and embolden my students to speak up for truth and justice with unabashed passion and compassion.

Before Crown:
I was a mortgage broker and loan officer managing multi-million dollar pipelines and selling credit life and disability insurance in the residential market. Also, did many sales training seminars, personal image coaching and other big-ticket, complex sales.

What You Enjoy Most About Teaching at Crown:
Getting to know the students, hopefully impacting their lives for the good, and how teaching sharpens my writing and thinking. Also, freely praying and praising God is a refreshing academic experience.

How You Define “Academic Excellence”:
Academic excellence is not a destination, but a journey of constant growth (academically, socially, spiritually) well beyond the requirements to pass a class or graduate. Academic excellence is having a truly educated mind, and with the advent of the internet people have never had so little excuse to truly self-educate, and by their own industry excel from good to great.

What Students Say About Your Classes:
Hopefully they would say I care about them, not only academically, but personally and spiritually, and that I was a great example of a Christian woman. Hopefully they would say I taught with passion and compassion. Hopefully they would say they learned a ton, had fun and that I inspire them to really do everything as if onto the Lord and to run the race to win!

What You Would Say to Parents of Prospective Students About Having Their Son/Daughter at Crown:
This is exactly where I’d want my own children (ages 4 and 7) to go to college someday. It’s a wonderful school in every way. In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” Crown is the perfect place for not only academic excellence, but also to develop that moral fiber critical for being a light to a lost world.

Published Works:

  • Three children’s books. One placed second in the Moonbeam awards and was also a finalist in the Book of the Year awards.
  • Under a pen name, poetry published in national publications such as SP Quill Quarterly Poetry Magazine, Write On, Shemom, Skyline Literary Review, Soul Fountain, Time of Singing, Language and, Hudson View, and Midwifery Today.
  • Newspaper Columns in The Opinion.
    • “Crystal Murphy ~ A Life Well Lived.” 2004.
    • “The G.O.O.D. Life.” 2005.
    • “Serve Up Some Christmas Korv.” 2004.
    • “To Litigate or Mediate, That is the Question!” 2004.
    • “Unsung Heroes.” 2004.
    • “Wise Guardians of Knowledge.” 2004.
  • “The Five Love Languages.” Rev. of The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman. The Opinion. 2004.
  • Flash story third place winner in the Shadow Poetry Quill. Story title: “Slaughterhouse.”

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