Who We Are

Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo – Director

Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo has been leading the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Teaching & Learning since its inception in May 2015. She is closely involved in supporting a map of the core curriculum; curricular refinement; program and course design, evaluation and assessment; Scholarship of Teaching & Learning projects; faculty development in innovative and research-based pedagogy; student development in learning strategies and sciences; and promotion of the office’s strong instructional design and educational technology programming and staff.

Prior to coming to OSU, she directed the University of Cincinnati’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning. Her teaching experience includes serving as a faculty member in the Journalism Department of Ohio Wesleyan University and English Department of Cottey College, serving as assistant dean of the faculty for Cottey College. In her early career, she spent over a decade editing community newspapers in Kansas and Missouri before entering adult/community and, subsequently, higher education.

She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and an Education Specialist degree in Community Colleges and Master of English degree from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas.

Jay Hsiao – Instructional Designer

Jay joined the College of Veterinary Medicine as an instructional designer in April of 2016. Since joining the CVM, Jay has been involved in a wide variety of projects, including the college’s early adoption of CarmenCanvas, design of training and resources related to iPad adoption, the Veterinary Histology open textbook through an Affordable Learning Exchange grant, as well as a work-in-progress series of online self-paced faculty development modules on instructional design and learning technologies entitled “Level Up Your Course Design.”

Before coming to the CVM, Jay served as a technology specialist at OSU’s Nisonger Center Transition Services. At Nisonger, Jay designed, implemented, and co-taught skills training programs using Backward Design processes. He facilitated research and program data operations, developed universally accessible web designs, and trained staff and program participants.

Jay has a Master of Social Work degree as well as an Master of Learning Technologies degree from The Ohio State University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Jay is especially interested in the following topics: Universal Design for Learning, affordability and accessibility for all students, as well as innovative and effective integration of technologies in teaching and learning.

Matt Miller – Education Resource Specialist

Matt Miller comes to the College of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University’s interdisciplinary Data Analytics undergraduate major where he has served as the program’s Academic Planning Specialist since the curriculum launched in the fall of 2014. In this role Matt helped the university establish a first of its kind undergraduate curriculum focused on the use of Big Data. The major is co-directed by the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering. Previously, he served as an Academic Counselor in the Fisher College of Business and a Retention Counselor for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Matt received his M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, with a focus on student learning and development, as well as a B.A. with a major in Criminology, both from The Ohio State University. In addition, he is currently enrolled in the Working Professionals MBA program through the Fisher College of Business.  His professional interests include the integration of technology in education, distance learning, and the use of data driven decision making in higher education.

While Matt will be working very closely with the Stanton Grant project and faculty involved with developing general practitioner curriculum and the pre-clinical skills simulation laboratory.

Katie O’Keefe – Instructional Designer

Katie joined us from Ohio Dominican University. While working as Faculty Services Coordinator for the Adult and Continuing Education Program, she led an initiative to redevelop the BSBA program offered to adult students using Backward Design principles to take the entire program online. During that time, she discovered her passion for Instructional Design and what it could do to change how people perceive teaching and learning. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy, graduate work toward an MBA from Ohio Dominican University, and is currently working toward her M.A. in Educational Philosophy at The Ohio State University.

Here, she works with people wishing to integrate TopHat and other Active Learning Strategies into their classes and also assists professors with face-to-face and online course design, as well as providing technical support for educational technology in the classroom.