Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy
Degree ProgramPh.D. Education
Dr. Cheryl Burleigh is a Contributing Faculty and Qualitative Methodologist in the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University. She has worked in various areas and roles within K-12 and higher education, educational coaching, and consulting as a fully credentialed educator in the fields of educational leadership and science education. Her education career included running educational research and teacher programs for NASA, teaching the sciences, and working in administration in public, private, charter schools in the United States. During this time, she has developed and taught professional development courses for educators in the sciences, wrote and won numerous grants including BP A+ for Educators. Dr. Burleigh also was a teacher and assistant head master at international schools both in Luanda, Angola and Lagos, Nigeria.
Dr. Burleigh is a highly skilled educator. She has extensive experience in higher education both teaching online and face-to-face, has served on numerous doctoral student dissertation committees, and has taught undergraduate courses focusing in the physical and biological sciences, political science, and communication. At the graduate level, courses included those in teacher education, curriculum and instruction, assessment, evaluation, and accountability, applied educational research and data analysis, and research design methodologies at various colleges and universities in the United States.
In addition to her passion for teaching, Dr. Burleigh’s research interests are focused on the field of education, science education, empowering female students in the sciences, emerging educators, educational leadership, data driven instruction, student mental health, wellness, and mindfulness practices in the classroom, ethical decision making, education law, and education equity and diversity. Dr. Burleigh has published numerous journal articles and has presented extensively both in the US and Internationally on mindful practices in education, educational leadership practices, diversity, and education reform.
Dr. Burleigh’s passion for education and her unique combination of teaching and experience in the sciences, both as a practitioner and educator, along with her leadership roles in K-12 and higher education, allows Dr. Burleigh to bring a fresh and multi-dimensional perspective to her research interests, teaching, and role at Walden.