About Dallas Institute

Melissa Houston

Melissa Houston

Faculty Member

Dr. Melissa Houston obtained her dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Social Work and Sociology from St. Cloud State University. Dr. Houston has worked in retail, healthcare, social services agencies, roofing and construction, and education fields. She has owned 2 businesses and has created marketing strategies for several organizations. She has worked for several mental health agencies and nursing facilities as a mental health therapist and behavioral counselor, human resource director. After completing her certification in Behavior Analysis, she has taught in secondary education institutions and was an in-home therapist working with children and residential treatment programs. Dr. Houston then obtained her first Master’s in Public Administration, non-profit management from DeVry University and completed a second Master’s degree in Human Resource Management a few years later at DeVry University. Dr. Houston has been teaching for over a decade, beginning at secondary institutions including public, private and charter schools then progressing to post-secondary academic institutions and online instruction. Dr. Houston has worked for many academic institutions as adjunct faculty, department chair, curriculum designer, recruiter, advisor, campus director of a college on a Naval Base, a Dean for Online and Graduate Programs, Assistant Professor of Business, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Management. Dr. Houston completed her doctoral degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources at Northcentral University. Dr. Houston has published articles regarding the preparation of faculty at academic institutions and is interested in the training and development, as well as emergency management (disaster planning) issues relating to faculty, students and staff at academic institutions. Her current research interests include mentoring for faculty, and if automation and artificial intelligence will replace humans in the workplace by 2030. She enjoys teaching business administration, management, human resources, public administration and marketing.

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