CETLCenter for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning


Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo, Director

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

Areas of Responsibility

As director of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo has the privilege of working with a team dedicated to supporting and improving the educational experience and academic programs at UC.

CET&L’s resources, networks and partnerships allow the center to create extensive and intensive offerings that respond to the changing environment of higher education and UC’s institutional priorities. The Center regularly enters into dynamic and engaging discussions with faculty and administrative leaders to guide its work.

Rhodes-DiSalvo leads development and delivery of course design institutes, daylong seminars and short workshops on pedagogy and best practices, New Faculty Orientation and a mentorship program, among other programming. She is dedicated to supporting UC faculty’s work in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

As a co-chair of the UC eLearning Committee and member of the UCIT Council, Rhodes-DiSalvo is able to support the university-wide strategic plan for IT, efforts in professional development and training, and tracking emerging technologies and national trends.

Prior to joining UC, Rhodes-DiSalvo engaged fully in university service as a faculty member in the Journalism Department of Ohio Wesleyan University. In addition to teaching courses ranging from Women and Media to Media Law, she advised an award-winning student newspaper and incorporated new media across the journalism curriculum. She also served on the Academic Policy Committee, among others, that developed and supported innovative curricular programs. 

Her administrative background involves serving as assistant dean of the faculty for Cottey College, where she developed the college’s first online summer session and leadership certification for students, supported the college’s first learning communities, and provided strong formative and summative faculty evaluation programs. 

Personally, she spends much time immersed in media and following media trends, which echoes back to a time when she edited newspapers in southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas.


  • 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

Leadership and Administration of Online Education, Public Affairs Reporting, 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,

  • “Tech Tools I (We) Can’t Live Without”
  • “A Comprehensive Approach to Technology Selection, Adoption, and Integration” 
  • “Introduction to Course Design: A Strategic and Systematic Approach" 
  • “Fusing Pedagogy with Technology Training: A Model for Building Cross-Disciplinary and Cross-Campus Faculty Development Programming"
  • “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”
  • “Preparing Women to Lead.”

Melinda Rhodes DiSalvo, Associate Director