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Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo



As interim 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. 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 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 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. She has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an Education Specialist in Community Colleges and Master of Arts in English from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan.; and a Bachelor of English from Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Mo.