College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Public Policy and Administration
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Dr. Haines has taught at Walden University since 2005 and became a Core Faculty (i.e., full-time) member in 2007. Her primary teaching focus is upon Foundations of Graduate Study and Ethics and Social Justice courses. To help Walden’s first-year students, she developed an audio e-book, the SPPA Guide for First-term students, which features brief chapters on these topics set of audio-tutorials on these topics:
Student Support Systems
Plagiarists who Paid a High Price
Avoiding Accidental Plagiarism
APA Format (with SPPA-specific topics)
Based upon her extensive professional experience with curriculum development and higher education teacher training, she also serves as a Faculty Mentor for new instructors throughout the School of Public Policy and Administration and as a Lead Faculty (i.e., a mentor and quality control adviser) for SPPA instructors who teach these courses:
Foundations of Graduate Study
Ethics and Social Justice
Elements of Sustainable and Livable Communities
Tools for Sustainable Community Development
U.S.-International NGOs and Organizational Culture
Technical Solutions to 21st century Crime
Prior to joining Walden, her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Kansas, an M.A. in English, and an M.A. in Curriculum and Development/Teaching English as a Second Language led Dr. Haines to teach a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, such as Multi-Cultural Education, World Literature, Technical Writing, Advanced Composition, Military Writing, Humanities, and Mythology.
Her previous non-Walden classroom settings have ranged from large lecture halls in several traditional university campuses to lecture rooms at the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and even a small meeting room in a Plumbers’ and Pipefitters’ Union building.
To guide Walden’s masters and doctoral students as they conduct scholarly research, organize, and draft application papers, and research projects, Dr. Haines draws upon her own major grant proposal development on behalf of other universities. These grants were funded by the National Educational Administration, the National Science Foundation, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Environmental Protection Agency. In other words, she knows how to conduct research and respond to the document criteria of federal agencies. In addition, other special writing projects include editing a Training Manual for Peace Corps volunteers in Latin America and developing a “Culturally Based Math and Science Curriculum” for teachers of Native American students.
Her fascination with and respect for world cultures has led her to serve as the Director of an Intensive English Summer Program at a Jesuit university (with students from Mexico, Italy, Japan, Slovakia, and Russia) and to participate in two intensive National Endowment for the Humanities Seminars to study Japanese history and culture. For these courses, Dr. Haines selected the special curriculum development projects of the Japanese Bodhisattva tradition and the history of Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.
At Walden’s National Faculty meetings, she has served on panels devoted to the special concerns of our international students and all SPPA students who want to improve their research and writing skills. As the editor of both the SPPA Student Newsletter and the SPPA Faculty Newsletter, Dr. Haines invites students to share their Walden news with they progress through their academic programs and then utilize their graduate education to promote positive social change.
In late summer, 2017, I participated in our Douglas County, Kansas, Sheriff's Citizens Academy, where we learned some incredible lessons about the challenges and sacrifices that our criminal justice personnel do to protect our community.
My motto is "onward and upward with gratitude."