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First-Year Experience

First-Year Experience Staff



As director of the First-Year Experience, Associate Professor of Sociology Amon Emeka ensures that new students at Skidmore College have the most academically fulfilling first-year possible. A sociologist and demographer by training, he enjoys teaching and learning about how the quality of life human beings experience is shaped by the population dynamics and social arrangements. In particular, he uses statistical methods, big data and sociological theories to teach and research patterns of racial identity, racial exclusion and immigrant adaptation in contemporary U.S. society. His research has been published in influential scholarly journals and referenced in popular media outlets including the New York Times.

Marla Melito

Student Academic Development Coordinator

Marla has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from George Mason University.  Prior to working at Skidmore, she was a visiting assistant professor of English and associate director of Fall for the Book at George Mason University, served as a writer-in–residence for the DC Creative Writing Workshop and DC WritersCorps, and held a variety of jobs in international public health. Her poems and essays have appeared in Fifth Gear, Phoebe, Hartskill Review, Gargoyle, the Greensboro Review, and the Roanoke Review. She is the author of a chapbook (The Doppler Effect, Finishing Line Press).