Melissa Conrath

Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Studies

Program Area: Educational Administration

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Melissa M. Conrath, Ph.D. Dr. Conrath is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Administration in the Department of Educational Studies.  Prior to her position at The Ohio State University she served as a public school teacher and administrator for over 36 years.  After beginning her career as a high school science teacher she later moved into administration, serving in various district level curriculum positions. From there she became superintendent of Big Walnut Local Schools in Delaware County, a position she held for 10 years. She later served as superintendent of Worthington Schools, a district serving 9,600 students with an operating budget of over $125 million. She has held several leadership positions in professional organizations that include serving on the Executive Board of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) and The Ohio Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).  


  • Ph.D. Science Education, The Ohio State University
  • M.S. Biology, Bowling Green State University
  • B.A. Zoology and Education, Ohio Wesleyan University


  • Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.    The University Council for Educational Administration (2006).
  • Exemplary Educational Leadership AwardThe Buckeye Association of School Administrators (2005).

Selected Publications

  • The Use of Data Analysis in Turn Around Schools.  Battelle for Kids Annual Ohio Connect for SuccessConference (2013).
  • Key to Effective Communications – Key Communicators Network.  The Ohio School Board Association's Annual Conference (2011).
  • The Importance of STEM Education.  The Central Ohio STEM Regional Conference (2010). 
  • Distributive Leadership for Instructional Improvement.   Educational Service Center of Central Ohio Leadership Academy (2009). 
  • Integrity in Tough Times.   The Center for Character Ethics and The Worthington Chamber of Commerce Ethics Forum (2009).