A comprehensive and collaborative resource focused on developing faculty and staff who desire to bring the best of who they are to every situation.


As innovative leaders in the Professional and Organizational Development field, we strive to enhance the overall educational mission of the institution through an evolving learning community that supports faculty and staff.

About the PDC

The PDC is a collective resource between the Human Resources Department and the Office of the Provost. To support its wide-reaching University constituents, a committee consisting of faculty, staff, and administrators has formed to centralize, identify, and support diverse professional development needs. A list of the current committee members can be found below the staff descriptions.


Melissa Clodfelter, Ph.D., PCC | Director

Melissa joined the PDC team in January 2011, and was named Director in July, 2015. She provides leadership and strategic direction for the Professional Development Center in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and Human Resources. Her expertise includes coaching and coach training, leading retreats, facilitating dialogue, and providing workshops.

Prior to her work with the PDC she was Director of Career Services and Vocational Coaching at the WFU School of Divinity and Coordinator of Coaching for The Center for Congregational Health, Inc. In both of these organizations, Melissa focused on the development of individuals and organizations.

Melissa is an executive coach and carries certifications from the International Coach Federation and the Center for Credentialing Education. She is also certified in the Intercultural Developmental Inventory. Melissa completed her PhD in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her dissertation topic was, “Using Coaching as a Social Justice Tool.”

Advisory Board

Member Department Affiliation
Allen Brown
Advisory Board Chair
Online Education Staff Member
Shaun Elliott Office of Diversity and Inclusion Staff Member
Bridget Marrs Environmental Health & Safety Staff Member
Annelda McGinn University Advancement Staff Member
Bridgett Clancy Finance and Accounting Services Staff Member
Kris Shelton School of Business Staff Member
Kristi Verbeke Teaching and Learning Center Staff Member
Amy Willard Personal & Career Development Staff Member
Tracy Mills-Howell Information Systems Staff Member