Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo, PhD, joined the Institute for Teaching and Learning’s leadership team in June 2018.
As associate director, Rhodes-DiSalvo supports the future growth, stability and productivity of the UITL to ensure that the institute delivers on its mission to promote and support the culture of teaching excellence. Her responsibilities range from administration and daily operations to instructional support, policy creation and initiative management. She is charged with contributing to and promoting the inquiry and scholarship mission of the institute. Dr. Rhodes-DiSalvo also serves as a liaison for government affairs.
Dr. Rhodes-DiSalvo joins UITL from the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Teaching & Learning and brings with her a background 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.
On her plans for the future of UITL, Rhodes-DiSalvo hopes that the institute exemplifies the model for supporting teaching and learning at research institutions, that it leads the way in promoting Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Disciplinary-based Research among our faculty who contribute extensively to the literature and that UITL becomes a place where all of the resources at OSU dedicated to teaching and instruction are leveraged in service of student learning and success.
Her previous experience includes leading the direction of the University of Cincinnati’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. She has taught extensively in the disciplines of education, journalism and English. 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 master's degree in English and an Education Specialist's degree in Higher Education/Community Colleges (Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas), as well as a Ph.D. in Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction (University of Nebraska-Lincoln).