Skip to Content

James Crosby

Contributing Faculty

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences

Degree Program Doctor of Education (EdD)

Dr. Crosby earned his Ed.D. from Walden University, with a specialization in Teacher Leadership. He is a proud member of the very first Ed. D. graduating class (18) from Walden University. The topic of his mixed-methods doctoral research was “Professional Learning Communities.” In 2007, according to ProQuest Dissertations Systems, Dr. Crosby authored the 8th “Best Selling” dissertation, from more than 75,000 submitted, worldwide:

Dr. Crosby earned his master’s degree in educational leadership, from Wayne State University, and his B.S. degree from Eastern Michigan University, with a major in elementary education.

Starting in 1994, Dr. Crosby taught for 25 years in elementary grades 1-5. He also taught in the largest Autism Center-Based Program in the United States. That pioneering program educates over 300 unique and inspiring students with autism (ranging in age from 3-26 years).

Dr. Crosby joined the Walden University faculty in February 2008. In 2011, Dr. Crosby was named "Lead Faculty Member" for doctoral courses in College Teaching & Learning and Adult Education. In 2017, he was named a “Senior Contributing Faculty member.”

Courses Taught

EDDD/EDPD 8030 - Higher Education in the 21st Century

EDUC 8103 - Designing and Assessing Learning Experiences

EDDD 8022 - Leadership of Higher Education Programs for Adult Learners


EdD, Walden University

MEd, Wayne State University (MICH)

BS, Eastern Michigan University

Public Service

My Family's Church, Participant - , MI

Awards / Honors

Senior Contributing Faculty, Walden University - Richard W. Riley College of Education, 2017

ProQuest's 2007 Best-Selling Dissertations List (#8 of 75,000), Proquest Dissertation Publications, 2008


Crosby, J. G. (2007). A Beginning Professional Learning Community: Understanding Teachers' Perceptions.