Eric Riedel

Eric Riedel, PhD, is the Chief Academic Officer of Walden University. Working across the university, he provides key leadership in Walden’s educational mission to promote positive social change. He also oversees Walden’s academic support centers, academic governance, and the university’s efforts in assuring regional accreditation.

Since coming to Walden in 2005, Dr. Riedel has served in the roles of Director of Assessment, Executive Director for the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, and Interim Executive Director for the Center for Research Quality. Previously, Dr. Riedel served as a Principal Investigator and Research Associate at the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) at the University of Minnesota, where he led evaluations in support of secondary and postsecondary educational interventions.

Dr. Riedel has taught research methods and political science at Walden University, Concordia University, North Hennepin Community College, and the University of Minnesota. He has authored or co-authored more than 65 articles, book chapters, and presentations in the areas of educational assessment, online social interaction, and civic engagement. His work has appeared in publications such as Assessment Update, the Journal of Social Issues, Political Behavior, American Behavioral Scientist, and the Journal of Teacher Education. He joined the Board of Directors for the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education in 2009 and is currently serving as its president.

Dr. Riedel received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his doctorate from the University of Minnesota.