Eric Riedel, Ph.D., is the Chief Academic Officer of Walden University. Working across the university, he provides key leadership in Walden’s educational mission to promote positive social change. He also oversees Walden’s academic support centers, academic governance, and the university’s efforts for the reaffirmation of regional accreditation.
Since coming to Walden in 2005, Dr. Riedel has served in the roles of Director of Assessment, Executive Director for the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, and Interim Executive Director for the Center for Research Quality. Previously, Dr. Riedel served as a principal investigator and research associate at the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) at the University of Minnesota where he led evaluations in support of secondary and postsecondary educational interventions.
Dr. Riedel has taught research methods and political science at Walden University, Concordia University, North Hennepin Community College, and the University of Minnesota. He has authored or co-authored 18 peer-reviewed articles and more than 40 conference presentations in the areas of educational assessment, online social engagement, and civic education. In addition, he has consulted on several educational initiatives in Minnesota and has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Assessment of Learning in Higher Education since 2009. Eric received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He resides in the Minneapolis area with his wife, Aylin, and two children, Julius and Felix.