Melinda Rhodes, Interim Director

Langsam Library, Room 480
2911 Woodside Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45221

Areas of Responsibility

  • eLearning resources, course design, digital portfolios and online and hybrid course instruction.
  • Faculty adoption of and engagement with new technologies in traditional classroom and eLearning environments, as well as CET&L institutes and trainings.
  • Facilitate program development and partnerships amongst CET&L participants and provide individual faculty consultations in the areas of teaching and learning.
  • Develop research and evaluation projects on teaching and learning issues at UC, contribute to the national and international dialogue on teaching and learning and engage in SoTL scholarship.


  • Ph.D., Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2007
  • Education Specialist, Community Colleges, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, 2001
  • Master of English, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, 1991
  • Bachelor of English, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri, 1989
  • Associate of Arts, Cottey College, Nevada, Missouri, 1986

Professional Summary

Eclectic and covers work in a variety of fields, including higher education curriculum and instruction, journalism, English and leadership. Has taught at community colleges, private liberal arts institutions and research universities in traditional, hybrid and online formats. Experience in adult/community education and customized training for business and industry. Prior to entering the field of education, edited newspapers in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas.

Positions & Work Experience

  • 2013 to present: Assistant Director, CET&L University of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2007 to 2013: Assistant Professor of Journalism, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
  • 1999 to 2007: Assistant Dean of the Faculty/Lecturer in Journalism, English and Leadership, Cottey College, Nevada, Missouri
  • 1997 to 1999: Adult/Community Education Coordinator, Nevada R-5 School District, Nevada, Missouri
  • Additional experience: Managing editor for newspapers in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas, as well as online and classroom instruction for Crowder Community College, Neosho, Missouri, and Fort Scott Community College, Fort Scott, Kansas

Courses Taught

Media Law, Women and Media, Editing and Design, Advanced Reporting, Photojournalism, Fundamentals of Journalism, Business and Technical Writing, English Composition I and II, Creative Writing, Freshman Seminar and Women's Leadership, in addition to independent studies, directed readings and advising student media.

Research Interests

Primary: Teaching & Learning, Digital Portfolios to Enhance Learning and Assessment, Multimedia in the Classroom, eLearning.

Additional Interests: Women Community College Leaders, Women’s Leadership, Gender and Race in Media.


2012 Faculty of the Year (for “Quality of Scholarship, Leadership and Service”), Ohio Wesleyan University, May 2012

Law and Policy Teaching Competition Award for “Exploring the Law Landscape with New Media: An Enhanced Podcast Project,” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, July 2012

Also recognized for editorial writing and news reporting by the Kansas Press Association, Missouri Press Association and Episcopal Communicators. Published with the Journal of Women in Educational Media and College Media Advisers. Named Master Educator of the Year, Cottey College, spring 2000 (nominated in 1995 and 2003).

Judged the Great Lakes Colleges Association Academic Council New Writers Award in the fall 2012 and state collegiate press competitions in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Ohio.

Numerous presentations to professional and academic organizations include, among others, “From Newspaper Theft to Twitter: The Student Press and the Law,” “Working with Non-traditional Students,” “Straight Talk about LGBT Coverage on Campus,” “Religious Diversity in the Media: Getting Beyond the Fundamentals,” “The Role of Civility in Promoting Newsroom Diversity,” “Defining Women’s Leadership” and “Preparing Women to Lead.”

Melinda Rhodes DiSalvo, Associate Director