Walden’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership features a distinguished faculty of scholars, researchers, and professionals with real-world experience who share a commitment to teaching. Faculty members blend academic theory with firsthand knowledge to enrich your learning experience and to broaden your perspectives on the latest issues and best practices in the field.

Academic Leadership

Kathleen (Kate) Steffens, PhD, Dean, Assessment, Accountability, and Accreditation

Kelley Costner, EdD, Dean, The School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy

Janet Williams, EdD, Dean, School of Education and Professional Licensure

Deborah Bechtold, PhD, Director, College Assessment

Jennifer Knutson, MA, Director, Office of Field Experience, Certification Officer

Martha Larkin, PhD, Assessment Director

Diane Penland, EdD, Assessment Director

Martha Cheney, EdD, Program Director, PhD in Education and Doctor of Education in Early Childhood Education; MS in Early Childhood Studies; BS in Child Development Programs

Mark Clauburg, EdD, MS in Instructional Design and Technology; BS in Instructional Design and Technology; PhD in Education and Education Specialist (EdS) Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability; Global and Comparative Education; Self-Designed; General Education; Leadership, Policy, and Change in Education Programs; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology

Mel Griffin, EdD, Program Director, Doctor of Education (EdD) and Education Specialist (EdS) in Teacher Leadership Programs

Tiffany Hamilton, EdD, Program Director, Doctor of Education (EdD) Programs in College Teaching and Learning, Higher Education and Adult Learning, and Adult Education; Education Specialist (EdS) Programs in Higher Education and Adult Learning, and Adult Education

Sherry Harrison, EdD, Program Director, Doctor of Education (EdD) and Education Specialist (EdS) in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning Programs

Monique Lynch, PhD, Program Director, MS in Education Programs

Heather Pederson, EdD, Program Director, Research and Academic Residencies

Frances Reed, PhD, Program Director, PhD in Education, Doctor of Education (EdD), and Education Specialist (EdS) in Special Education and Educational Leadership - Programs

Lisa Share, Program Director, Doctor of Education (EdD) and PhD in Education in Early Childhood and Educational Policy Leadership and Management Programs; Education Specialist (EdS) and MS in Education Educational Leadership Programs; Masters of Arts in Education (MAT); BS in Elementary Education; Certification Oversight

Patricia Thurmond, PhD, Program Director, Academic Initiatives; Doctoral Research Operations; MS in Adult Learning; MS in Higher Education

Amy White, PhD, Program Director, Doctor of Education (EdD) and Education Specialist (EdS) Programs in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Colin (Kim) Winkelman, PhD, Program Director, PhD and Education Specialist (EdS) in Higher Education and Adult Learning Programs; Doctor of Education (EdD) and Education Specialist (EdS) in College Teaching and Learning Programs

Jesus Ernesto Zamora, PhD, Program Director, MS in Education Programs for Teacher Leadership

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