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Eric Riedel

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Psychology

Degree Program Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Eric Riedel, PhD, is the Chief Academic Officer and Provost 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 served on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education from 2009-2016 and was president from 2014-2016. He currently serves with the Committee on Research and Information Services for the Council for Graduate Schools.


BA, University of Michigan

PhD, University of Minnesota

Awards / Honors

Board Service Award, Assocation for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education, 2016


Jorissen, S. L., Keen, J. P., Riedel, E. S. (2015). Online Ph.D. Program Delivery Models and Student Success American Journal of Distance Education

Riedel, E. S., Jones, S., Lenio, J. (2013). Supporting Student Success of Working Students Building bridges for student success: A sourcebook for colleges and universities

Riedel, E. S., Doering, A., Miller, C., Scharber, C. (2010). Timber for President: Adventure Learning and Motivation Journal of Interactive Learning Research

Riedel, E. S., Orzoff, J. H., Peinovich, P. E. (2009). Making learning outcomes explicit through dissertation rubrics Profiles of Good Practice in Assessment

Orzoff, J. H., Peinovich, P. E., Riedel, E. S. (2008). Graduate Programs: The Wild West of Outcomes Assessment Assessment Update

Scharber, C., Dexter, S., Riedel, E. S. (2008). Students' Experiences with An Automated Essay Scorer Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment

Dexter, S. L., Riedel, E. S., Scharber, C. (2008). ETIPS: Using Cases with Virtual Schools to Prepare for, Extend, and Deepen Preservice Teachers' Field Experiences Journal of Computing in Teacher Education

Oxendine, A., Sullivan, J. L., Borgida, E., Riedel, E. S., Jackson, M., Dial, J. (2007). The Importance of Political Context for Understanding Civic Engagement: A Longitudinal Analysis Political Behavior

Riedel, E. S., Gjellstad, L. M., Wasescha, A., Goldston, B. (2007). Continuous, Interactive, and Online: A Framework for Experiential Learning with Working Adults Innovate

Riedel, E. S., Dexter, S. L., Scharber, C., Doering, A. (2006). Experimental evidence on the effectiveness of automated essay scoring in teacher education cases Journal of Educational Computing Research

Dexter, S., Doering, A., Riedel, E. S. (2006). Content area specific technology integration: A model and resources for educating teachers Journal of Technology and Teacher Education

Greenhow, C., Dexter, S., Riedel, E. S. (2006). Methods for evaluating web-based environments for teacher professional development on technology integration Journal of Computing in Teacher Education

Gonzales, M. H., Riedel, E. S., Williamson, I., Avery, P. G., Sullivan, J. L., Bos, A. (2004). Variations of Citizenship Education: A Content Analysis of Rights, Obligations, and Participation in High School Civics Textbooks Theory and Research in Social Education

Williamson, I., Gonzales, M. H., Avery, P. G., Sullivan, J., Riedel, E. S., Bos, A. (2003). Collectivistic values and individualistic language as predictors of endorsement of citizenship activities among high school students Theory and Research in Social Education

Dexter, S., Riedel, E. S. (2003). Why Improving Preservice Teacher Educational Preparation Must Go Beyond the College's Walls Journal of Teacher Education

Riedel, E. S., Gangl, A., Oxendine, A., Jackson, M., Sullivan, J., Borgida, E. (2003). The Role of the Internet in National and Local News Media Use Journal of Online Behavior

Sullivan, J. L., Borgida, E., Jackson, M., Riedel, E. S., Oxendine, A. (2002). A Tale of Two Towns: The Role of Political Resources in Computer Networks Political Behavior

Riedel, E. S. (2002). The Effects of High School Community Service Programs on Students' Feelings of Civic Obligation American Politics Research

Borgida, E., Sullivan, J. L., Riedel, E. S., Oxendine, A., Jackson, M., Gangl, A. (2002). Civic Culture Meets the Digital Divide: The Role of Community Electronic Networks Journal of Social Issues

Sullivan, J. L., Borgida, E., Jackson, M. S., Riedel, E. S., Oxendine, A., Gangl, A. (2002). Social Capital and Electronic Networks: For Profit vs. For Community Approaches American Behavioral Scientist

Gonzales, M. H., Riedel, E. S., Avery, P. G., Sullivan, J. L. (2002). Rights and Obligations in Civic Education: A Content Analysis of the National Standards for Civics and Government Theory and Research in Social Education

Riedel, E., Dresel, L., Wagoner, M. J., Sullivan, J. L., Borgida, E. (1998). Electronic Communities: Assessing Equality of Access in a Rural Minnesota Community Social Science Computer Review

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