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Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo



Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo came to the University of Cincinnati in August. As interim director of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, she 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 offers course design institutes, daylong seminars and short workshops on pedagogy and best practices and presents New Faculty Orientation and a new faculty 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 UC IT 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 taught in the Journalism Department of Ohio Wesleyan University. 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 supported strong formative and summative faculty evaluation programs.

 Melinda received her Ph.D., in Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.; her Ed.S. in Community Colleges and M.A. in English from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan.; her B.A. in English from Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Mo., and her Associate of Arts from Cottey College, Nevada, Mo.