Directory & Faculty Profiles

Melissa McCartney, EdD

Dr. Melissa McCartney currently serves as an Instructional Designer, developing innovative and engaging curriculum for faculty and student workshops at the University of Phoenix. Dr. McCartney is a new faculty member in the College of Humanities and Social Science teaching Creativity and Critical Thinking. This is her 10th year teaching in higher education. She has held other positions in higher education including enrollment advisor, assessment specialist, and faculty manager. Dr. McCartney was also an educator in secondary education. Dr. McCartney earned her undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, a Master’s in Education, a post-baccalaureate teaching certificate, and her Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Arizona State University. Her dissertation examined the effects of curriculum embedded with humor on memory retention.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


Primary College or School: 
College of Humanities & Sciences