Melody M. Thompson


 D.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University, 1996
Associate Professor of Education

Melody M. Thompson is Associate Professor of Education in Penn State's Adult Education Program. In that role she teaches and advises masters' and doctoral students, with much of her teaching being done online through the Penn State World Campus. Her primary research interests are the ethical dimensions of online learning and diversity issues in adult education, especially those related to religious identity. Dr. Thompson received her bachelor's degree in English from Bryn Mawr College and both her M.Ed. and D.Ed. from Penn State. Her past positions include director of planning and research for the World Campus and director of the American Center for the Study of Distance Education (ACSDE). She has also served as the US Project leader for the e-Learning Collaborative Research Project of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and as the Faculty Satisfaction editor for the Sloan Consortium's Effective Practices database. Dr. Thompson is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, as well as co-author of the McGraw-Hill Handbook of Distance Learning.

Honors include the 2003 Sloan Consortium Best Practices in Faculty Satisfaction Award, the 2004 American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC) Outstanding Educational Program Award, and the 2010 University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) Excellence in Teaching Award.