Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo

Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo

Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships and Operations

Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo, PhD, joined the Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning’s leadership team in June 2018.

As associate director, Rhodes-DiSalvo supports growth and productivity of the institute to ensure delivery on its mission to promote and support a culture of teaching excellence across the university. She serves on the leadership team with a focus on strategic planning and partnerships, signature programs, operations, policy creation, and initiative management. She contributes to and promotes the inquiry and scholarship mission of the institute. 

Dr. Rhodes-DiSalvo joined the Drake Institute from the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Teaching & Learning. Her professional background is in curriculum design, strategic planning and program development, eLearning and instructional design, assessment and evaluation, and promoting evidence-based instructional approaches, as well as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Currently, Dr. Rhodes-DiSalvo is focusing on the work of the Ohio Professional Development Consortium and its pilot Inclusive Teaching Endorsement that delivers sessions and workshops to over 400 higher education instructors across the state of Ohio. She also leads staff responsible for the Drake Institute's Instructional Redesign initiative and nearly 20 Teaching Endorsements, as well as institute strategic planning activities, assessment and evaluation, and communications.

Her previous experience includes directing the University of Cincinnati’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning where she worked closely with UC's educational/instructional technology group. She has taught courses in higher education, leadership, journalism and English at community and private liberal arts colleges, as well as four-year universities. She has been recognized as Faculty of the Year for quality of scholarship, leadership and service by Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master Educator of the Year by Cottey College, where she also served as assistant dean of the faculty.

She has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Higher Education/Community Colleges and master's degree in English (Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan.). Her bachelor's degree is in English is from Missouri Southern State University (Joplin, Mo.), and her associate's degree from Cottey College, Nevada, Mo. She spent over a decade editing newspapers in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas.