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Rob Melnick

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Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director & Research Scientist
Administrative, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5402
Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director & Research Scientist
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5402
Biography

Executive Dean, Global Institute of Sustainability

Presidential Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability

 

Rob Melnick is Executive Dean of the Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) at Arizona State University (ASU), one of the largest research universities in the United States. GIOS, which includes ASU's School of Sustainability, is the primary vehicle by which the university establishes and pursues a comprehensive set of goals on sustainability education, research and practice.

From 1982-85, Dr. Melnick was a Senior Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute in New York. In 1985, he became the first director of Hudson's Center for Education and Employment Policy and was elected Vice President of Hudson Institute in 1986. From 1987-2008, he served ASU as Director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy and as Associate Vice President for Economic Affairs from 2002-2008. In these roles, Dr. Melnick worked closely with public officials and corporate leaders, advising them on policy issues, conducting evaluations, and developing future studies.

Dr. Melnick has authored, managed and contributed to nearly 200 funded policy studies on topics such as economic development, education reform, urban growth, quality of life, workforce development and sustainability. His work has been supported by corporations including American Express, IBM, and Gannett; philanthropic organizations including the PEW Charitable Trust, Ann E. Casey Foundation, Lily Endowment and the Reader's Digest Foundation; and government agencies including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Transportation, City of Phoenix, Arizona Legislature, and the Navajo Tribe. He is the principal author of two books - Urban Growth in Arizona: A Policy Analysis (Arizona State University) and Visions of the Future (International Publishing) and is co-author of Teaching and Media (Prentice Hall).

Dr. Melnick has extensive experience as a public speaker and fundraiser. He has been a presenter or keynote speaker at more than 150 state, regional, and national conferences, is frequently interviewed on network television and radio programs, and is a member of numerous public commissions and non-profit boards. Dr. Melnick is directly responsible for raising and managing millions of dollars of research grants and contracts. 

Dr. Melnick's academic appointments are Research Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Presidential Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A., Government) and Arizona State University (M.A., Media; Ph.D., Educational Technology).

Publications
  • Mayo, Judith, Melnick, Rob, Wolf, Shapard, Mayo, Judith, Melnick, Rob, Wolf, Shapard. The Status of Minority Students at Arizona State University: Report on the ASU Minority Student Survey. (1990).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 493Honors Thesis
SOS 599Thesis
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 494Special Topics
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
SOS 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 599Thesis
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 790Reading and Conference
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 590Reading and Conference
SOS 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 799Dissertation