2017 Pedagogicon Keynote Speaker - Dr. Melody Bowdon

Is Innovation Passe’? Strategically Balancing Relevance and Quality for Student and Faculty Success

This presentation will include a short history of innovation in higher education and will feature a discussion of challenges faced by faculty developers across the nation, ranging from learning space design to cross-institutional partnerships and the emergence of predictive analytics.  Dr. Bowdon will offer insights about balancing strategic planning and creative models with the increasing expectations and needs of students, faculty, employers, and state and federal governments, in a time of dwindling resources. 

Dr. Bowdon


Melody Bowdon, Ph.D. is Associate Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, Executive Director of the Karen M. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, and Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida.  She is co-author of Service-Learning in Technical and Professional Communication (2003) and co-editor of Scholarship for Sustaining Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (2008), Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Community Partnerships (2011), and Best Practices for Flipping the College Classroom (2015).  Dr. Bowdon has published articles related to innovative pedagogies in a variety of edited collections and peer-reviewed journals, including Science, The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Feminist Teacher, and is a member of editorial boards for several publications, as well as the University Press of Florida Advisory Board. Dr. Bowdon received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona.