Communications pro Kelly Mella joins WCER as director of communications and marketing

August 14, 2023

By WCER Communications

Kelly Mella, who has far more than 30 years’ working experience in communications as both a university professor and a practitioner, will join the WCER management crew on Aug. 14 as WCER’s new director of communications and promoting.


An accomplished communications expert with established management abilities and loaded experience in the tutorial planet, Mella arrives to the Wisconsin Heart for Training Study (WCER), element of the College of Training, from a related position for the UW–Madison Section of Surgical procedures, in which she has worked since 2020 supervising a team of 5.

She also was a tenured associate professor of conversation scientific studies from 2006 to 2020 at Edgewood Higher education — primary her division as chair for 10 of individuals 14 many years — and ahead of Edgewood held a selection of interaction marketplace work opportunities in govt and schooling.

Individuals posts included communications supervisor for the Madison Section of General public Health and fitness for a calendar year senior communications expert for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Means for 7 yrs and taking care of editor for two a long time for The Journal of Intercourse Research, a peer-reviewed, international tutorial journal where she edited manuscripts, corresponded with authors and reviewers, and coordinated the editorial and printing procedures.

Mella gained all of her levels from UW–Madison: a bachelor’s in agricultural journalism, a master’s in life sciences conversation, and a PhD in mass communication targeted on social marketing campaigns and interaction for culturally various audiences. She also has labored as an teacher/lecturer at UW–Madison and Madison Space Complex Faculty, instructing classes in scientific conversation, school achievement, and introduction to communication.

Mella will lead the WCER communications team in building, executing, and measuring strategic conversation and marketing and advertising campaigns, when developing news tales about middle happenings and advancing WCER research by channels which include e mail, world wide web, print, online video, and social media. This situation also will oversee media relations and bolster brand progress in trying to keep with WCER’s strategic goals about integrating diversity strengthening companies running as a learning corporation advertising substantial high quality, community-related research and aiding to broaden and diversify center funding.

Hailing from a loved ones of lecturers, Mella says she has often identified the most fulfillment as a experienced communicator when her get the job done gives educational or informative value. She suggests she was drawn to the WCER communications occupation due to the center’s concentrate on fairness and the possibility the job gives to effects instruction exercise positively and add broadly to society.

WCER Director Courtney Bell and Chief Working Officer Hanna Blazel seem forward to performing with Mella to attain people aims and are confident she will prosper at WCER.

“Kelly has the education, abilities, and practical experience to provide strategic eyesight to our communications efforts, building a extensive strategy for supporting researchers in publicizing their function and bringing investigate results to focus on audiences as a result of relevant interaction channels,” Blazel suggests.

“Kelly will guide multichannel conversation initiatives by means of details-driven messaging and progressive digital ordeals that manage and mature WCER’s position as a nationwide and intercontinental leader in education and learning exploration,” claims Bell.

WCER leaders also give honest many thanks for the tough work of the lookup committee for this job, led by Faculty of Education Affiliate Dean for Communications and Advancement Marianne Spoon, with members Janet TrembleyRebekah Novak, Corinne Burgermeister, Rodee Schneider, Kevin Lawrence Henry, and Sarah Gagnon.