Megan Palmer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership


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  • Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education Administration, Indiana University, 2003.
  • Master of Science, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University, 1993.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communications and Sociology, University of St. Thomas, 1990.


Megan M. Palmer PhD is an associate professor of higher education in the IU School of Education – Indianapolis. Further, Dr. Palmer is associate dean of the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. Megan is also vice chair for education and faculty development and associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the IU School of Medicine.

Her research focuses on college teaching, medical education, faculty development, and the experience of faculty. Megan teaches a wide range of courses including, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, College Teaching and Learning, and Introduction to College and University Administration.

In her associate dean position, Megan supports faculty in teaching, promotion and tenure, orientation, work–life integration, and other aspects of faculty life. She holds a PhD from Indiana University, MS from Colorado State University, and BA from University of St. Thomas (MN). Prior to her work at IU, Megan served in a variety of student affairs administrative positions.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC-C 565 Higher Education Administration
  • EDUC-C 750 / EDUC-U 550 Special Mission Colleges and Universities
  • EDUC-C 750 / EDUC-U 550 The American Community College
  • EDUC-C 750 College Teaching and Learning

Honors & Awards

  • POD Innovation Award Finalist, Professional and Organizational Development Network, 2010.
  • Robert E. Menges Award for Outstanding Research, Professional and Organizational Development Network, 2009.
  • Holmstedt Dissertation Research Award, Indiana University, 2003.
  • Outstanding New Professional Award, Association of College and University Housing Officers International, Upper Midwest Region, 1994.

Grants & Funding

  • Next Generation @ IUPUI, Indiana University President's Diversity Initiative, one year pilot program awarded in 2009, $50,000.
  • Expanding the Concept of Faculty Vitality, Professional and Organizational Development Network Research Grant, $3,000.
  • Curriculum Enhancement Grant, Indiana University Purdue University Center for Teaching and Learning, $5,500.

Expert In

  • College faculty
  • College teaching
  • Faculty development
  • Faculty vitality
  • Teaching with technology

Professional Associations

  • Professional and Organizational Development Network
  • Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Faculty Affairs
  • Association of the Study of Higher Education