Jan Cardwell

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

Dr. Jan Cardwell is a uniquely experienced educator and leader with 30+ years of experiences across industry sectors. Formally trained with a Ph. D in Education and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), she is a retired education administrator holding titles of Vice President/Campus Director, Campus and Academic Director for the University of Phoenix Detroit Branch Campus (14 years). In her semi-retirement she is an Executive Coach for Conceivers Leadership and Learning Company, an executive think tank that focuses on research, coaching and training for leaders with a specific focus on women in leadership roles.

Community service includes Board of Directors leadership to several local non-profit organizations, in Southeast Michigan, which includes, Chair of the Board of Directors Matrix Human Services (6 years); Board Member: Matrix Human Services, National Entrepreneur Association, Southfield-Lathrup Village Optimist Club, Association of Leadership Educators. She was 2019 Chair of the International Leadership Association- (ILA) Leadership Development Community

Dr. Jan has published or presented her research on student motivation or leadership development at several international and national conferences, including the Association of Leadership Educators (ALE), International Leadership Association (ILA), and Knowledge without Boundaries (KWB). She has published several peer-reviewed articles. Is co-authoress on three book chapters and was awarded for Outstanding Scholarship and Practice with Local Impact (2019) by the ILA Women and Leadership Affinity Group.

Dr. Cardwell brings 20 years’ experience providing corporate training/adult education and 12 years’ teaching higher education to her role as contributing faculty at Walden University in the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. Her research interest and subject matter expertise is adult education, student motivation, and organizational leadership. She has served as committee chair for many doctoral students and served on numerous doctoral committees.


PhD, Capella University

MBA, University of Phoenix

BS, University of Phoenix

Public Service

Association of Leadership Educators, Board of Directors -

International Leadership Association -Leadership Development Community, Chair -

Matrix Human Services, Chair - Detroit

National Entrepreneur Association, Chair - Southfiel

Awards / Honors

Outstanding Practice with Local Impact, ILA WLAG, 2019

Community Service, National Coalition of 100 Black Women -West Palm Beach Chapter, 2019

Community Service Award, Southfield Area Rotary Club, 2018

President's Excellence Citation, Southfield-Lathrup Village Michigan Optimist Club, 2018


Cardwell, J. L. (2018). Advancing Scholarly Leadership by forming a Community of Scholars. Journal of Leadership Educators

Cardwell, J. L. (2018). Boyer’s Scholarship of Engagement: Detroit Rising, what if We Could Make a Difference . Phoenix Scholar

Cardwell, J. L. (2019). Reflections on a Summer of Scholarship from Shindig to 1440 Multiversity.. Phoenix Scholar

Cardwell, J. L. Courage a Seven Letter Word that Saved a NonProfit.

Cardwell, J. L. (2018). Advancing Scholarly Leadership by forming a Community of Scholars. Journal of Leadership Educators


Cardwell, J. L. (2021). Project 2021: Reimagin African American Women in Senior Leadership-Post COVID 19. University of Phoenix Research Enterprise

Cardwell, J. L. (2020). Provoked to the Edge? Stepping Outside the Lines of our Own Thinking. International Leadership Association

Cardwell, J. L. (2020). Hear Me! See Me! Be Me! Influence of Bias and Circumstance on Women Leadership Development: . ILA Women and Leadership Community

Cardwell, J. L. (2019). Entrepreneurship: Profiles in Courageous Self-Leadership. ILA

Cardwell, J. L. (2019). Practicing Healthy Leadership. International Leadership Association

Cardwell, J. L. (2017). Creating a Culture of Intellectual Inquiry by Forming a Community of Scholars. International Leadership Association