One of two awards honoring the founders of Walden University, the Rita Turner Award is bestowed annually upon the faculty chair of the doctoral study committee of the recipient of the Frank Dilley Award for Outstanding Doctoral Study.
This award honors the total commitment to the founding and sustaining of Walden by Rita Turner, co-founder of the university. Mrs. Turner’s shared vision of the university, careful attention to major organizational issues, supervision of complex operational details, and concern for fiscal accountability made it possible not only for the university to flourish during its first two decades, but for it to also grow into the unique global institution it is today.
*Winners of what was formerly called the Outstanding Doctoral Study Committee Chair Award.
Note: Winners prior to summer 2011 were faculty members of PhD students who received the award for their outstanding dissertation work.