Dr. McDonald first taught at IPFW from 1981-1983. After completing her doctorate and working in the corporate environment she returned in 1989 on a visiting basis in OLS and in 1990 became a tenure-track faculty member. She received degrees from Bowling Green State University (B.A., 1979), University of South Florida (M.A., 1981) and Ball State University (Ed.D., 1991). She taught in the organizational leadership and supervision department. She was a charter member of the local Phi Kappa Phi chapter.