Melody BowdonAssociate Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies & Executive Director, Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
University of Central Florida
Melody Bowdon, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida. Her primary areas of research include learning innovations such as experiential learning and teaching with technology, technical and professional communication, and faculty development. She has published numerous books, journal articles, and book chapters on these topics and frequently makes related presentations at conferences and special events. Her most recent project is a co-edited collection from Routledge called Best Practices for Flipping the College Classroom. Melody has served as the Florida Campus Compact Senior Research Fellow since 2005. In the past 25 years, she has taught more than 60 service-learning courses at three universities and has been awarded several research, teaching and community service awards, including the Gulf South Summit Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education. She received her PhD and MA degrees from the University of Arizona and her BA from Oklahoma City University, all in the field of English.