Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy
Doctor of Education (EdD)
A native of North Carolina, Dr. Maxwell resides in Parkville, Maryland with her husband Donald. She received the B.S. from Morgan State University, M.S. from Iowa State University, and the Ed. D from Morgan State University. She is the recipient of several fellowships including a Post-doc Fellowship from UCLA, and Research Fellowships from the American Educational Research Association/National Science Foundation, U.S. Dept. of Education, and the Renaissance Group.
In addition to serving as a social program administrator for the state of Maryland and Baltimore City, Dr. Maxwell has been a higher education administrator at Iowa State University, the University of Virginia, and Cornell University. She has been a member of the graduate faculty at Coppin State University, Virginia State University, and currently an Associate Professor at Bowie State University. She has been a contributing faculty at Walden University’s Riley School of Leadership for more than a decade. Dr. Maxwell teaches online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses in teacher education and graduate (masters and doctoral) courses in school administration, multicultural education, school-community relations, research methods, action research, curriculum, school finance, instructional leadership, and professional development.
Dr. Maxwell is a member of several professional associations including the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the International Leadership Association (ILA). She held leadership positions in AERA and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), and the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME). Dr. Maxwell provides continuous service as a reviewer of proposals and manuscripts for these professional associations. She also serves as an ELCC SPA Program Reviewer for CAEP and reader/scorer of the School Superintendent’s Assessment (SSA), School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA), and the Advanced Placement Test (APT) for the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
Dr. Maxwell has conducted, published, and presented research, locally, nationally, and internationally, in urban education leadership, school climate, teacher retention, professional development, multicultural education, and teacher research/action research. Although her research interest is not limited to these areas, Dr. Maxwell’s research has been on issues related to urban education, culturally responsive teaching and leadership, collaboration, home-school, and community relations, and research that support administrators and teachers professional development.
Dr. Maxwell’s philosophy of life:
Treat others as you want to be treated.
Give back to the community, in honor of those that gave to you.
Strive to see good in the human spirit, and remember the words of Mary McLeod Bethune.
"Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough."