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Dr. Megan Downing

Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership
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Dr. Megan Downing

Dr. Megan Downing has been with Northern Kentucky University since 2001. She joined the program as an Assistant Professor in 2015 after serving five years as NTTR faculty and as the program coordinator and primary academic advisor from 2010-2015. Dr. Downing also serves as the faculty advisor for NKU Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Dr. Downing completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at NKU with her B.S. in Business Education/Office System Technology (2002), Master of Science in Information Systems (2006), post-master’s certificate in Higher Education Administration & College Student Development (2009), and her doctoral studies in Educational Leadership (2012) with her dissertation on Student Perceptions of Faculty-Student Interaction in Online Learning.

Dr. Downing’s scholarly activities have focused on leadership education and development, impostor phenomenon, service learning, student philanthropy, teamwork, academic advising, and online education. She has presented and served on panels at national and international conferences in the United States; London, England; Barcelona, Spain; and Montreal and Ottawa, Canada. Her scholarly work has been published in the International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, Journal of Leadership Education, Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, and Journal of College Student Retention. She has also co-authored a handbook on effective teamwork and a book chapter on electronic service learning or “e-service learning.”

Her 2013 ATMAE Conference Proceedings Paper on Fostering Social Presence through Faculty-Student Interaction for Successful Online Learning was recognized as the top 2013 Conference Proceedings paper in the Distance Learning track. Megan is a member of the following professional organizations: International Leadership Association and Association of Leadership Educators.

Additional information about Dr. Downing can be found here.

Recipient of the 2012 KY Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor Award and the 2013 NKU Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.