Melissa Pilkington

Lecturer of Spanish

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages
Office Location:
Swann 233
Office Hours:
MWF - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. or by appt.
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Melissa Pilkington, instructor of Spanish at Georgia Tech, received a Masters of Arts from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1978. She has been teaching Spanish since 1971, and at Georgia Tech since 2005. She has traveled and studied extensively in many Spanish speaking countries and continues to travel to Spain every summer for continuing education.She has worked with the Spain LBAT for Drs. Labarca, Montes-Alcala, and Comfort since 2010. She also has co-created and taught Georgia Tech students in a Study Abroad Program (Summer of 2017) in Sevilla,Spain with colleague Dr. Danielle Geary. Throughout her years at Tech, she has received numerous teaching certificates for excellent teaching. In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 she was honored with several Teaching Effectiveness Awards by the Georgia Tech Class of 1934 and the Georgia Tech Class of 1940. These awards were given to those who have consistently scored between 4.8 and 5.0 on the C-IOS survey regarding effective teaching. These awards came with thousand dollar gifts. She is deeply appreciative and proud of this recognition. She is first and foremost a teacher, and she loves her students.

  • MA in Spanish American Literature from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1975
  • BA in Modern Languages from St. Andrews Presbyterian University 1971
Awards and
  • Ga.Tech Class of 1940 Teaching Award Oct 13, 2018
  • Ga.Tech Class of 1940 Teaching Award Jan 12, 2018
  • Ga.Tech Class of 1940 Teaching Award Feb. 2, 2016
  • Ga.Tech Class of 1940 Teaching Award Dec. 6, 2014
  • Ga.Tech Class of 1940 Teaching Award Dec. 9, 2013
  • Ga.Tech Class of 1934 Teaching Award Jan. 27, 2012
  • Ga.Tech Class of 1034 Teaching Award Dec., 10, 2012
  • Ranked the second best professor of 2016 by Rate my Professors with George Burdell as the best!


Research Fields:
  • Spanish


  • SPAN-1001: Elementary Spanish I
  • SPAN-1002: Elementary Spanish II
  • SPAN-1101: Patterns of Spanish I
  • SPAN-1102: Patterns of Spanish II
  • SPAN-2001: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN-2002: Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN-3101: Conversation I
  • SPAN-3102: Conversation II
  • SPAN-3813: Special Topics: Spanish in Media