About

Mission

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

Vision

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

In keeping with the university’s motto, Pro Humanitate – for humanity, the Professional Development Center endeavors to advance a progressive, values-aligned model of leadership that is grounded in a deep understanding and belief in human potential. Through learning opportunities, organization development consulting, and coaching, we strive to cultivate a culture of excellence, engagement, and character that supports personal growth and actualization and optimizes organizational health and performance.

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 was formed to centralize, identify, and support diverse professional development needs. A list of the current committee members can be found below the staff descriptions.

Staff

Melissa Clodfelter, Ph.D., PCC | Assistant Vice President

Melissa joined the PDC team in January 2011, and was named Assistant Vice President of Campus Engagement & Professional Development in February, 2018.  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 executive and leadership coaching and coach training, organizational development and design, and dialogue facilitation.

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 holds certifications from the International Coach Federation (PCC) and the Center for Credentialing Education (BCC). She is also certified in the Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI), MBTI, and FourSight Thinking Profile. 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.”

Monica Rivers, Ph.D. | Director

Monica joined WFU and the PDC team in June 2019.  Monica’s expertise is in talent and organization development, program design and facilitation, executive and leadership coaching, and teaching and learning.  She also has formal psychometric training and extensive experience administering and interpreting individual and 360 personality, career, and leadership assessments such as the MBTI, WorkPlace Big Five Profile, FIRO-B, Change Style Indicator (CSI), and CCL Benchmarks 360.

Prior to joining WFU, Monica served as a university administrator, faculty member, and consultant and has  over 20 years of experience working in higher education settings. She most recently led a talent development, executive coaching, and consulting practice serving a diverse clientele that ranged from newly appointed managers to seasoned, senior and C-suite level executives from diverse sectors including higher education, research, healthcare, technology, entertainment media, government, and financial services.  

Monica is a Licensed Psychologist (LP-HSP) and Board Certified Coach (BCC). She earned a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and completed an internship in professional psychology at Duke University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Monica is also an Adjunct Executive Coach with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), where she assists with open enrollment programs and custom leadership solutions.

Missy Campbell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP | Specialist

Missy joined WFU and the PDC team in June 2019.  Her expertise is in learning & development, organizational development, talent management, and employee relations.

Prior to joining WFU, she was employed in the private business sector and has over 20 years of experience in the human resource function.  In her most recent role as Director of Human Resources, Missy focused on ensuring all employees were educated on the technology and staffing changes faced within the organization.  She was also instrumental in implementing a new learning management system, performance management system and a leadership development program.

Missy holds a Senior Professional Human Resources Certification from HRCI and a Senior Certified Professional Certification from SHRM.  She is also currently a part-time Coach with WW, where she facilitates workshops and coaches members towards their wellness goals.

Advisory Board

Member Department Affiliation
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
Wesley Todd Residence Life and Housing Staff Member