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Melody Buckner, Ph.D.

Interim Dean
Phone (SV): 
(520) 458-8278

Melody Buckner recently assumed the role of Interim Dean of UA South. She was chosen for this role for a few reasons; one she has been associated with UA South for the past eight years in both a support role and as an adjunct faculty, two she can assist in establishing connections to Main Campus through her many relationships with colleges, departments and faculty, and finally, she understands the demands of a non-traditional student as she completed her graduate degrees both online and during evening and weekend programs.

She is also the Director of Digital Learning and Online Education at the University of Arizona. In this role she oversees instructional design, graphic design, video production and quality assurance for the UA Online Campus. She came to UA eight years ago as an Instructional Designer to help faculty create online courses that reach out and engage students in an online UA experience. Before coming to the University, she served as an Instructional Designer in Professional Development and as an adjunct faculty for Pima Community College.

Her educational background includes, a Bachelor of Science from the College of Architecture at Arizona State University and a Masters in Educational Technology at Northern Arizona University. She is earned her Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona in 2015. Her informal education consists of living in over 40 different places including several countries overseas.