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

L. Ward Ulmer, PhD, Vice President

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

Robert Marshall, EdD, Assessment Director

Patricia Thurmond, PhD, Program Director, Academic Initiatives, Doctoral Research Operations

Suzanne Wesson, EdD, Assessment Director

Martha Cheney, EdD, Program Director, Early Childhood Education; Masters of Arts in Education (MAT) Early Childhood Education Programs and Reading Endorsement 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

Alice Duhon-Ross, PhD, Program Director, MS in Education Programs

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

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

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

Suzanne James, PhD, Program Director, MS in Higher Education Program; MS in Adult Learning Program

Frances Reed, PhD, Program Director, Masters of Arts in Education (MAT) Special Education Programs; Special Education and Educational Leadership Programs

Lucy Sennett, EdD, Program Director, MS in Education Programs

Lisa Share, Program Director, Doctor of Education (EdD) and PhD in Education in Early Childhood Education Programs; Education Specialist (EdS) and MS in Education Educational Leadership Programs; Certification Oversight

MaryFriend Carter, PhD, Program Director, PhD in Education and Education Specialist (EdS) Educational Technology; Learning, Instruction, and Innovation Programs; Residencies

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, Doctor of Education (EdD) and Education Specialist (EdS) Programs in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; MS in Education Programs for Teacher Leadership

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