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Cheryl Keen

Contributing Faculty

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences

Degree Program Ph.D. Education

Cheryl Keen has played a leadership role in several higher education capacities, serving traditional aged and adult college students, community college students, adults in professional trainings, graduate students, and gifted high school students.

At Walden, Cheryl currently serves as core faculty in the Ph.D. in Education program School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy, Richard W. Riley College of Education & Leadership. Previously she has served as Dean of Faculty, co-Dean of Students, and Director of the Center for Community Learning at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, as well as teaching classes in educational psychology, adolescent development, conflict resolution, social psychology, and high school reform. She served for 15 years as Senior Researcher for the Bonner Foundation, and has published articles on her longitudinal study of student and alumni development in the 4-year service-learning programs on 25 campuses (one of which has been cited at least 190 times). Her interest in emerging adulthood increased as a result of her program evaluation work for Volunteers Exploring Vocation program.

Cheryl has previously been the director of the New Jersey Governor's School on Public Issues and the Future of New Jersey serving gifted high school students and the Millicent Fenwick Research Professor for Public Issues and Education at Monmouth University. She also served for several years as a faculty member in adult degree B.A. programs at Lesley College Graduate School and Goddard College. Her first professional work involved founding and coordinating the Harvard Peace and Conflict Studies Program. She has a B.A. from Bethany College in W.Va. and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. When she isn't working she enjoys gardening, travel, walking, and singing in community groups. 

Courses Taught

EDUC 8800 - Research Forum


EdD, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Awards / Honors

Faculty Excellence Award, COEL, 2017

Outstanding Doctoral Study Chair Award, Walden University, 2011


Woods, R., Keen, C. (2015). Creating activating events for transformative learning in a prison classroom. Journal of Transformative Education.

Keen, C. (2018). Impact of a postcollege service-learning year: From self to social justice. Journal of Social Change.

Richard, D., Keen, C., Hatcher, J., Pease, H. (2016). Pathways to adult civic engagement: Benefits of reflection and dialogue across difference in college service-learning programs. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning.


Keen, C. (2013). Case Study of a Graduate Student Finding a Calling to a Career as a Civically Engaged Researcher.

Keen, C., Hall, K. (2013). Activities important for young adults exploring vocation in year-long service learning programs.