Melody Buckner

Associate Vice Provost, Digital Learning and Online Initiatives
Melody Buckner

Melody Buckner is the Associate Vice Provost of Digital Learning and Online Initiatives for the University of Arizona since 2019. In this role, she collaborates with university leaders, faculty, and academic staff to articulate the implementation of online education and assist in defining the institutional values for digital learning to align with the University’s mission. In July 2022, the Office of Instruction and Assessment (OIA) merged with Digital Learning to form a new teaching and learning office called the University Center for Assessment, Teaching, and Technology. Melody will co-lead this with Lisa Elfring, the Associate Vice Provost for OIA.

Her faculty affiliation is with the College of Education at the University of Arizona.  She conducts research and teaching in the areas of educational technology, digital and creative literacies, and multicultural education.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science from the College of Architecture at Arizona State University and a Master’s in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University.  She earned her Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies from the University of Arizona in 2015. Her informal education consists of living in over 40 different places including several countries overseas.



  • B.S. Design Science, Arizona State University
  • M.Ed. Educational Technology, Northern Arizona University
  • Ph.D. Language, Reading, and Culture, University of Arizona