Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Laurel's research has focused on composition instruction and asynchronous classroom best practices. To provide cognitively rich learning environments for adults, developing a social presence is essential. Laurel spent a decade as an adjunct instructor at the community college, undergraduate, and master's level before coming to Walden to work as a Form and Style editor in the Walden Writing Center. Before taking a position as core faculty in the College of Education, she served as the Executive Director for the Center for Faculty Excellence. Before that, she spent three years as the General Education Coordinator overseeing first term faculty and working with new adult students. As the subject matter expert and instructional co-author of our first term curriculum, she also trained and supervised 18 teachers using an open-door model. Following the implementation of the course in June of 2014, Walden increased retention and raised the passing rate, while halving day one to census attrition. Writing well is a professional and personal skill that can provide many opportunities to create positive social change at the personal, local, and global level. Laurel has been humbled to be of service to her amazing adult students, each bringing their rich and unique experiences to inform their academic work.