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Laurel Walsh

Academic Coordinator

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy

Degree Program Doctor of Education (EdD)

Dr. Laurel Walsh's research has focused on composition instruction, adult learning, and asynchronous classroom best practices. Since 2008, she has designed curriculum for cognitively rich learning environments for adults. In her academic research, she has explored the role that social presence plays in doctoral mentoring relationships. Before teaching and mentoring at Walden, Laurel spent a decade as an adjunct instructor at the community college, undergraduate, and master's level. Initially, Laurel worked as a Form and Style editor in the Walden Writing Center. Before taking a position as core faculty in the College of Education, she served as the Executive Director for the Center for Faculty Excellence. Before that, Dr. Walsh spent three years as the General Education Coordinator overseeing first term faculty and working with new adult students. Coauthor of The Essential Guide to Critical Reading and Writing, Laurel has provided professional consulting on topics associated with blogging, cyber civility, and e-communication best practices. Writing well is a professional and personal skill that can provide many opportunities to create positive social change at the personal, local, and global level. Laurel has been humbled to be of service to her amazing adult students, each bringing their rich and unique experiences to inform their academic work.

Courses Taught

EDDD 8110 - The Art of Teaching Online

IDST 4004E - International Study Abroad Seminar


BA, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI United States

MFA, Hamline University - St. Paul, MN United States

EdD, Hamline University - St. Paul, MN United States

Awards / Honors

GPS Award, Laureate International Universities, 2015


Walsh, M. L. (2014). The Essential Guide to Critical Reading and Writing.


Dixon-Saxon, S. V., McCollum, W., Bever, S. W., Walsh, M. L., Winkelman, K. K., Nabors, N. A. (2017). Courageous Conversations: Diversity and Inclusion Inside and Outside Academia. Walden University.