Sarah Mellen

Instructor of Business Writing, Marketing

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Professor Mellen applies 15 years of professional experience in selling in the global market research and consulting industry to the classroom at the Sawyer Business School. She has extensive business experience as the Vice President for Strategic Accounts at both consumer insights firm Iconoculture (now Gartner Group) and technology research firm The Yankee Group (now S&P Global). In these roles, she partnered with senior stakeholders to drive business results demonstrated through the achievement of over $20 million in revenue during her tenure. Some of the key accounts she was responsible for included American Express, AT&T, Bic, Dannon, Fidelity Investments, Hasbro, MasterCard, MFS Investments, Ocean Spray, PepsiCo, Pfizer, P&G, and Verizon.

Since 2014, Professor Mellen has been teaching, advising, and developing curriculum in higher education. Her focus is helping business students communicate effectively in the workplace, develop their professional selling skills, and differentiate themselves in their career search. Using adult learning and experiential learning theories, she provides students opportunities to apply business skills learned in the classroom to "real world" work environments. In particular, her Business Writing courses collaborate with Research Methods classes on market research projects for companies such as EveryBodyFights, GrubHub, Mass General Hospital, Pandora, SiriusXM, and Sonos.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Dumas, C. (Co-Principal), Ray, S. (Co-Principal), Karmely, M. (Co-Principal), Mellen, S. W. (Co-Principal), "Faculty and Professional Learning Community (FPLC) Experiential Learning," Sponsored by Davis Foundation, Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence, Suffolk University, $3,000.00. (September 2018 - September 2019).


Recent Intellectual Contributions

Mellen, S. W. (2021). Bridging faculty alliances. In H. Maietta (Ed.). Cases in Career Services: A Working Guide for Practitioners. National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Mellen, S. W. (2018). Successful facilitation of group career coaching with an MBA cohort. National Career Development Association, 34(4), 24-25.

Ray, S., Dumas, C., Karmely, M., Mellen, S. W. (2019). Interdisciplinary faculty collaboration in experiential learning. Proceedings of the 59th Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association (NEPA). Manchester, New Hampshire.

Czirjak, L., LaDuke, L., & Mellen, S. W. (2020, October 28). Innovative teaching methods: Co-curricular experiential learning approach to teaching business communications with a live client scenario. Association Business Communication 85th Annual International Conference, Virtual.

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Courses Taught

SBS220: Business Writing
SBSH100: Honors careerSTART
SBSH200: Honors careerEXPLORE
SBSH220: Honors Business Writing
MKT314: Professional Services Selling
MKT414: Sales Management

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Degrees/Professional Certifications

  • MS, Salem State University
  • BA, Providence College
  • Certified Career Services Provider, National Career Development Association