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Ms. Melanie Wong Dodge
Academic Dean, USMAPS
Ms. Wong Dodge most recently served an assistant professor at the USMA. She joined the Department of Behavioral Sciences as an instructor in 2007. She taught human resources for the management major and 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. Ms. Wong Dodge also served on the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership Teaching Excellence committee, the Academy's Faculty Development Committee, and the West Point Leader Development System Committee.

A double-major in Communications and Foreign Languages (French and Spanish), Ms. Wong Dodge 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.

Ms. Wong Dodge has also taught business and communication courses at Seton Hall University and Mount Saint Mary's College. Before her career in academia, Ms. Wong Dodge enjoyed a 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).

Ms. Wong Dodge is honored to join the USMAPS community in helping to develop our nation's future officers and leaders, in collaboration with the dedicated and talented staff and faculty at USMAPS. Her interests lie in fostering transformative learning to help Cadet Candidates prepare for the adaptive challenges they will face as they become officers in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous 21st century.
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