Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dr. Jen Ouellette-Schramm’s specialization is in adult development and learning, where she has served in various roles over her 20+ year career. Her career and passion for adult education began during a literacy fellowship based in the Department of Adult Education at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She went on to work as an adult educator, then senior instructional manager at Literacy Minnesota, a nonprofit organization in Saint Paul, MN. She has supported educators in a spectrum of teacher higher education programs including community college, MA in English as a Second Language (ESL), and educational doctoral programs, and has taught as guest faculty at the University of Freiburg, Germany. She is a senior editor emeritus at MinneTESOL Journal, Minnesota’s journal of research and practice in the field of ESL education. At Walden University, she teaches and supports doctoral capstones in the Richard W. Riley College of Education’s Higher Education and Adult Learning program.
Dr. Ouellette-Schramm’s research focuses on adult psychological development in educational contexts; how adult developmental diversity shapes learning experiences; and ways adult educational programs can encourage success, persistence, reflection and growth. She is a certified and reliable rater of the Subject-Object Interview, the methodological instrument of the Constructive-developmental stage theory of adult development, and employs this instrument and theory in her research. She has published her research in peer-reviewed journals including Adult Learning, Adult Education Quarterly, and Reflective Practice, and published a chapter in the 2019 Wiley Handbook of Adult Literacy. She regularly presents at national and international conferences including the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).