Bright Horizons, a preschool chain that employs 20,000 teachers in 800 child care centers around the United States, has offered to pay college tuition, fees, and books for all full-time employees to earn an associate and bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at one of four participating schools, including Walden University. The new benefit will enable employees to advance their education while maintaining their employment, enhancing the educational background of Bright Horizon’s staff.
Online courses, just like in-person classes, need regular review and frequent updates to stay current. Dr. Ward Ulmer, interim president at Walden University, explains that course updates are a faculty-driven process that is part of a multi-year academic program review. Dr. Ulmer highlights how at Walden the integration of faculty, external experts, and employer feedback are critical to providing a quality education.
Dr. Cyndi Briggs, a licensed professional counselor and faculty member at Walden University, provides insight into why many people respond judgmentally to suicide. She explains that it makes people feel superior and safe to think that they would handle situations better or differently, but it’s not necessarily true.
Dr. Chernoh Wurie, who earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in public policy from Walden University, received the 2018 Excellence in Faculty Mentorship Award from the University Academic Advising Board at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Wurie is a criminal justice instructor whose research focuses on the impact of public perception and policing.
Dr. Patty Costello, program director for the undergraduate psychology program at Walden University, recently authored a children’s book, “Catalina and the King’s Wall,” to address the contemporary topics of discrimination and implicit bias in a way children can understand.
Dr. Orlando Rodriguez, who earned his PhD in Psychology from Walden University, discusses the lessons his father taught him about the importance of hard work and education. He explains how these lessons drove him to pursue the terminal degree in psychology and use his education to establish the successful RDZ Psychological Clinic in Mission, Texas.
Sara A. Neel, a Doctor of Business Administration student at Walden University, learned the financial services industry from the ground up. In six years, she went from executive assistant to chief executive officer of One Advocate Group, a financial planning group in San Antonio that focuses on succession planning. Neel discusses the rise of her career and the challenges she’s faced and offers advice to other women pursuing leadership roles.
Dr. Patty Costello, program director for Walden University’s BS in Psychology program, contributed an opinion piece on the need to recognize implicit bias and have explicit conversations with each other and children on race, bias, and stereotypes.
Eric Hickey, a criminologist and core faculty member in forensic psychology at Walden University, comments on convicted killer Kelly Cochran’s letter to the Post-Tribune. He says her letter demonstrates semantic aphasia, and, though she knew that murder was illegal, she showed no remorse.
Suzanne Collins, a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) student at Walden University, was awarded one of the first Curt Reimann Scholarships from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at its annual Baldrige Examiner Preparation classes.
Dr. Kimberly Mason, a faculty member in the School of Counseling at Walden University, weighs in on how parents should react if their child is being bullied. She recommends contacting the school to initiate an investigation and begin conversations with your child about behavior changes that may be a result of bullying.
Phyllis Freeman-Solomon, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate from Walden University, discusses her success in nursing and her mother’s inspiration that “education was the way out” of poverty. Freeman-Solomon works at Children’s Medical Services of Southeastern Health District in Statesboro, Georgia.
Jacqueline Herd, who earned her doctorate in nursing from Walden University, was named chief nursing officer at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. She recounts her difficult journey from growing up in Compton, California, to pursuing a successful nursing career and education that have led her to lead the nursing staff at Grady.
Sandra Rasmussen, a faculty member in the School of Psychology at Walden University, weighs in on the need for regulation and outlines the psychological and financial pitfalls of sports betting, fantasy sports, and lotteries.
Dr. Renata A. Hedrington Jones, a contributing faculty member at Walden University, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) and is featured for her extensive contributions in the field. Dr. Hedrington Jones received her PhD in Human Services from Walden in 2015.
Sandra E. Fry, who is currently completing her dissertation in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at Walden University, was recently named executive director of Jacksonville’s The H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Enrichment) Center.
Michelle LeBeau, RN, who earned her MS in Human Resource Management from Walden University, was named president of Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, N.Y., as well as president and COO of Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Walden University earned two 2018 Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Effective Practice Awards, which recognize innovative digital learning advances in higher education. Katherine Strang, director of learning solutions in digital teaching and learning at Laureate Education, and Fran Reed, program director for special education at Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, were honored for their team’s project “Putting Theory into Practice Using Simulation Scenarios.” Laurie Bedford, PhD, director of faculty excellence, Lyda Downs, PhD, associate director for faculty development, and Melissa McDowell, EdM, associate director for academic leader support, were recognized for the Walden University Center for Faculty Excellence program, “Peer Coaching for Remote Faculty.”
The Online Learning Consortium announced the winners of its annual Effective Practice Awards, which includes Walden University’s Katherine Strang, Fran Reed, Laurie Bedford, Ph.D., Lyda Downs, Ph.D. and Melissa McDowell, Ed.M. The honors reward “effective techniques, strategies and practices” that adhere to the consortium's five pillars of quality: access, learning effectiveness, faculty satisfaction, student satisfaction and scalability.
Dallas-resident Angela Martilik was recently named one of Walden University's Scholars of Change. Martilik was driven to support police officers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after being inspired by a police psychology class she took while pursuing her PhD in Forensic Psychology at Walden. She was honored for her work on suicide prevention and mental health counseling with the local police force.
Dr. John Cech, who earned his PhD in Education from Walden University, has been named the new president of Carroll College. Previously, Dr. Cech served as the Montana deputy commissioner of higher education.
Leonard Martin, who received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Walden University, is profiled for his work in creating a nonprofit, Engaging Men of Color, to connect community leaders with youth to discuss positive decision-making. His organization has been recognized by former Governor Mark Sanford and President Barack Obama for making a difference in his community of Greenwood, South Carolina.
Olyna Doren, who earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Walden University, opened the first hospice in Elko, Nevada with a fellow nurse. The hospice recently received accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.
Trae T. Cotton, who earned a PhD in Education from Walden University in 2009, was named vice chancellor for student development at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He previously served as vice chancellor of student affairs for Winston-Salem State University.
Dr. Kimberly Kick, MSW program coordinator and core faculty in Walden’s Barbara Solomon School of Social Work and Human Services, presented at the Wisconsin Conference on Veteran Issues about the high incidence of military sexual trauma and the need for awareness, reporting, and support.
Walden PhD in Psychology graduate and noted sports psychologist Galen Duncan was hired by the Sacramento Kings as vice president of the Kings Academy and professional development. He will be responsible for implementing a program designed to turn young players into well-rounded professionals.
CEOs from the Delmarva region discuss the benefits of online education. Dr. Sharon T. Freeman, entrepreneur and author, discussed the reasons she chose Walden’s PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences program .
Microcontent, or short bursts of information delivered electronically, can be particularly beneficial to nontraditional students. Walden University’s Bonnie Mullinix participated in a recent panel discussion, where she stressed the importance of establishing a venue for online discussion for nontraditional students.
Colleen Logan, program coordinator for the MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling at Walden University, comments on the need for additional data to identify the unique social needs of and issues related to LGBT retirees.
Roger Geertz Gonzalez, a researcher into German higher education at Walden University, discusses the language dilemma facing continental European universities. He says that some University of Hamburg academics are reluctant to teach in English, and believe that international students should learn German, rather than shifting to English.
Crystal Francis, a PhD in Public Policy and Administration student, shares her perspective on her participation in a 3-week road trip with Roadtrip Nation where she interviewed professionals and doctoral graduates about their successes and challenges in achieving their degrees for an upcoming documentary.
Walden Master of Business Administration graduate and PhD in Human and Social Services student Deirdre L. Jones-Lowman talks about the impact of her education and upbringing on life success and paying it forward.
Dr. Mountasser Kadrie, Walden Master of Healthcare Administration program director, says the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) current focus on healthcare investment means the region is poised to position itself as a leader in this critical field and stay at the forefront of implementing new technologies, pioneering new methods, and delivering value to practitioners and patients alike.
Kylie Yearwood, a Walden University PhD in Nursing student, was one of three doctoral students who participated in the latest season of PBS’s Roadtrip Nation. The show has aired since 2001 and is a documentary meant to educate people on different careers.
Dr. Tamar Boyd, who earned her PhD in Psychology from Walden and is a 2016 Scholar of Change video contest winner, is assuming ownership of Juneau’s Wellspring Integrative Medical Center (Alaska). Dr. Boyd’s video illustrated how her Walden education is helping support her work and advancing her own mission to provide psychological and physical guidance to postpartum women, especially those in isolated communities.
Dr. Glenroy Pinnock, a lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica who earned a Doctor of Education (EdD), says more educators need to devise methods that use the arts to improve learning outcomes in science areas.
Dr. Glenroy Pinnock, a lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica who earned a Doctor of Education (EdD), was featured for using live instrumental reggae music to reduce student anxiety and improve performance in mathematics tutorial classes. He tested this for his doctoral study.
Dr. Wanda Gravett, a faculty member in the MS in Human Resource Management program, writes that HR executives are in the unique position of being able to impact every employee at every level within an organization.
Naomi Jones, who earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and is department chair for the practical nursing program at Ivy Tech Community College, was one of four nurses in the nation to receive ATI Nursing Education’s Nurse’s Touch Award.
According to data collected by the National Science Foundation, Walden University has become the largest producer of African American doctoral degree recipients. The data show that African Americans were awarded 682 doctoral degrees by Walden University from 2011 through 2015.
Katheryn M. Csonka, who earned a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), was selected to join the Nursing Board at the American Health Council. She is an assistant professor of nursing at Daytona State College.
“Founded in 1970, Walden ranks first by a wide margin among all U.S. universities in doctoral degrees awarded to black students, NSF (the National Science Foundation) reports. Its total of 682 degrees from 2011 through 2015 is nearly twice the number awarded by second-place Howard University.”
Dr. Allan Fisher, who earned a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences (now PhD in Management), was appointed assistant secretary for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. “His depth of knowledge of complex budgetary systems, ability to develop and implement strategic partnerships, and experience in organizational management will be a tremendous addition to our leadership team,” said Secretary Mark Belton.
Dr. Terry Jackson, a former corporate executive who earned a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences (now PhD in Management), has a plan to mobilize the human capital he sees in his community by creating a business incubator and accelerator. The center will serve as a clearinghouse for business knowledge and mentorship as well as an investment fund for promising African-American entrepreneurs.
Dan Knight, who earned a BS in Accounting and an MS in Accounting, was named to San Luis Obispo County’s 20 under 40 list. He is an attorney, a real estate broker, a licensed general engineering contractor, a lecturer at Cal Poly, and a planning commissioner for San Luis Obispo, California.
Tiffany Tynes Curry, who is pursuing a Doctor in Education (EdD), was one of 35 educators nationally (and the only one in Ohio) to receive a Milken Educator Award, which comes with a $25,000 prize. She is a third-grade math and science teacher at Weinland Park Elementary School in Columbus.
Sandi Flores, who earned a MS in Human and Social Services, was named senior programs director for the northern offices of Catholic Charities Community Services northern offices in Bullhead City, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, and Prescott, Arizona.