Meet Dr. Melody Rawlings

Dr. Melody Rawlings serves as Northcentral University’s Director of the Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations (CAVO), a global hub for development and support of virtual organizations and teams. She is also lead faculty for the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. In addition to teaching graduate courses, she serves as chair of doctoral committees. Through collaboration with subject matter experts and using coaching and mentoring skills, she helps doctoral students in the school of business achieve their academic goals of earning a PhD.

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With over 20 years of teaching experience, she has taught in the U.S. and Europe in the areas of organizational leadership, teamwork, ethics, and more. She has presented both nationally and internationally, authored peer-reviewed articles, and the workbook, Effective teamwork: Building a toolkit for success.

Melody has presented at international conferences and authored peer-reviewed publications on topics such as leadership development, virtual teamwork, emotional intelligence, service learning, imposter phenomenon, and student philanthropy. Her international experience includes courses taught in Europe on leadership and ethics.

Prior to her role at NCU, Melody developed and directed a cooperative education program for a university in the Midwest. While there, she established partnerships with local and regional businesses such as Proctor & Gamble, Fidelity, and Toyota. She also wrote and managed a federal grant and several private grants in excess of $1,000,000.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Education, an MS in Technology specializing in business management, and a PhD in Educational Leadership. Her dissertation topic was on virtual teamwork, which continues to be a timely area of research interest. She has worked and taught virtually for over 20 years.