James Crosby

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
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

EDUC 3053/6053 (BSEE/MAT) - Community Building for Classroom Management


EdD, Walden University

MEd, Wayne State University (MICH)

BS, Eastern Michigan University

Public Service

My Family's Church, Participant -

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.