Associate Dean

College of Management and Technology

Ward UlmerDr. L. Ward Ulmer specializes in education leadership, accreditation, technology planning and implementation, computer forensics, operating systems, and technology in the classroom.

Dr. Ulmer serves as the associate dean of the College of Management and Technology at Walden University. In the course of a 20-year career, Dr. Ulmer has held leadership positions in higher education as well as the business and information systems industries. His previous roles in education leadership include chief academic officer for Latimer Education; senior vice provost at Strayer University; and dean of information systems, business, and technology departments at Kaplan University and within the South Carolina Community College System. His extensive experience in the business and technology industries includes publication of Microsoft certification textbooks, development of technical training programs for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines, and multiple technology and financial services certifications. He has held management positions at New York Life and American General Corporation. With a research and leadership background in distance learning in higher education, Dr. Ulmer contributes his time serving on the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) team that evaluates accreditation standards for distance education institutions.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., 2010
  • Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences, Walden University, Minneapolis, Minn., 2004
  • Master of Arts in Computer Resources and Information Management, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo., 1999
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Management, Charleston Southern University (Baptist College), Charleston, S.C., 1996

Areas of Expertise

Business and Information Systems

  • Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Enterprise Resource Management (ERM) planning and management
  • Project manager/functional lead for multimillion dollar PeopleSoft implementation
  • Extensive knowledge of multiple operating systems including Windows, Linux, UNIX, MAC, and Android

Computer Forensics

  • Expertise and experience in cryptology, security protocols, file systems forensics, evidence recovery and analysis, EnCase, and Forensic Toolkit (FTK)
  • Experienced expert witness in depositions, mediation, and trials

Education Leadership and Accreditation

  • Conducts research and presents on a variety of topics in higher education, including distance education, assessment, accreditation, technology, faculty, remedial education, and training
  • Leads accreditation, assessment, strategic planning, fund raising, and financial initiatives in higher education
  • Designed and led systems and programs to improve student performance and strengthen academic programming, including assessment programs, first-year student initiatives, and an M.B.A. program and related internships/externships
  • Program evaluator/education specialist for Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
  • Former evaluator for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges

Certifications

  • SERIES 7, 6, and 63: Licenses, Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Life/NYLIFE Securities (Inactive)
  • MCSE 2000: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Windows 2000
  • MCSE NT: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer NT 4.0
  • MCP+I: Microsoft Certified Professional plus Internet
  • MCT: Microsoft Certified Trainer
  • CCNA: Certified Cisco Networking Associate

Relevant Publications and Presentations

  • Ulmer, L. (2012, March). The 21st century student: Students, systems, pressures, and trends. Working paper.
  • Ulmer, L. (2008). The role of assessment in a program review. Forum on Education, 4(1).
  • Ulmer, L. (2007). The future is now. Scholar: The Student and Alumni Journal of Strayer University, 10(1).
  • Ulmer, L. (2007). Windows network administration. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishers.
  • Ulmer, L. (2007, March). Proprietary education in the online world. Paper presented at Thomson Course Technology’s Conference 2007, Orlando, FL.
  • Ulmer, L. W., Watson, L. W., & Derby, D. (2007). Perceptions of higher education faculty members on the value of distance education. The Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 8(1), 59–70.
  • Ulmer, L. (2006, March). Faculty reluctance to use technology in the classroom. Paper presented at Thomson Course Technology’s Conference 2006, San Francisco, CA.
  • Ulmer, L. (2005, January). Perceptions of higher education faculty on the value of distance education systems. Paper presented at First International Conference on Applied Management and Decision Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens.
  • Ulmer, L., & Korrapati, R. (2004). An investigative study to determine perceptions of higher education faculty in South Carolina on the value of distance education. Proceedings of the Academy of Educational Leadership, 9(2), 69–72.
  • Ulmer, L. (2004). Windows server 2003 planning and maintaining network infrastructure.
    Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson-Prentice Hall.
  • Ulmer, L. (2004). Windows 2000 directory services infrastructure: Implementing and administering. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson-Prentice Hall.
  • Ulmer, L. (2002, July). Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) training: Rotary wing aircraft module. Presentation at Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  • Ulmer, L. (2001, August). Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) training: Proper egress module. Presentation at Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.

Professional Affiliations

Project Management Institute (PMI)
National Council of Instructional Administrators
Distance Learning Council for the State of South Carolina
The Chair Academy
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
NCAA Baseball Umpire

Professional Recognition

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Fellowship
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Clemson University
Superior Dissertation Award, Walden University
American Society for Engineering Education Fellowship
Distinguished Graduate, The Chair Academy
Distinguished Training Award, Discovery Training Corporation
Round Table Winner, New York Life Securities
President’s Cup Award, American General Corporation