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Melanie Wong-Dodge

Assistant Professor

Phone: 845.938.5917
Currently an assistant professor at the US Military Academy (West Point, NY), Melanie Wong Dodge joined the Department of Behavioral Sciences as an instructor in 2007. She taught human resources for the management major and continues to teach the Academy’s introductory leader development course, Psychology for Leaders. Within one year, she earned the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Teaching Excellence Award, and in spring 2009, she completed the Academy’s Center for Teaching Excellence Master Teacher Program. Melanie now serves on the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership Teaching Excellence committee and the Academy’s Faculty Development Committee.

A double-major in Communications and Foreign Languages (French and Spanish), Melanie graduated from Pepperdine University at age 19. In her senior year, she had the privilege to study abroad in Heidelberg, Germany. In 1989, she earned a Masters in International Business Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Presently she is a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University in the field of adult learning and leadership.

Before her career in academia, Melanie, a military spouse, enjoyed a protean career in the corporate sector for over twenty years. She relied heavily on her learning agility to start-up, lead, and manage diverse creative and technology projects in the entertainment, software development and information technology domains. She worked as a marketing manager for graphic software (Digital Research Inc.); a production accountant for television and film (Children’s Television Workshop); a production manager for an animated television series in Seoul, Korea (Hearst Animation); a project manager of software engineering and creative teams for computer games (Putnam New Media); an information technology program manager for defense and federal clients (TRW/Northrop Grumman); and a brand manager of website development for Fortune 500 clients (marchFirst).

Melanie is honored to educate our nation’s future officers and collaborate with her peers in facilitating and studying West Point’s Cadet Leader Development System. She enjoys fostering transformative and transformational learning to help cadets prepare for the adaptive challenges they will face as they become officers in the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous 21st century.

Mrs. Wong-Dodge teaches General Psychology for Leaders and Human Resources.