Marilyn Simon

Contributing Faculty
College of Management and Human Potential
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

MARILYN K. SIMON, PhD, has been actively involved in Mathematics and Computer Education since 1969 and has taught all levels of mathematics and study skill development from pre-school through graduate school with extraordinary results, receiving outstanding faculty awards at several universities. She has published several books on mathematics education, scholarly research, Chaos theory, high stakes test-preparation, and online learning.

Dr. Simon has over 45 years of academic and entrepreneurial experience. She has been teaching online since 1994. Dr. Simon received her doctoral degree from Walden University in 1990. Dr. Simon has entrepreneurial experience and has worked closely with non-profit organizations. She is the president and co-founder of Best-Prep, inc., an international educational consulting firm. Dr. Simon has successfully mentored hundreds of doctoral students. She has authored numerous research papers and several books. She is the faculty advisor for the PDK cyber-chapter. She is a contributing author to White and Waite’s Online Learning Guide. Her most recent book: Dissertation and Scholarly Research: Recipes for success 2018 edition is being used at several public and private universities and is co-authored with Dr. Jim Goes. Dr. Simon is co-author of VREP, an instrument used to validate qualitative surveys and interviews.

Dr. Simon was a mathematics education ambassador to South Africa in 2000, where she assisted in online learning development. She also conducted post-doctoral research at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey. She is president of the board of trustees of The Responsibility Project, which builds schools and hospitals for children who live in the Tijuana Dump. Dr. Simon was a visiting professor in Tonga where she, and 10 other professors, conducted a leadership training seminar for Tongan adults and youth. Dr. Freda Turner was part of that delegation. Since 2018 she has been a visiting professor at America Samoa where she facilitates workshops on Action Research, Flipped Learning Model, Education innovation, and mathematics education. Dr. Simon is a co-author of the popular book WEHT (What Ever Happened To…? WEHT is about connecting with old friends and reflecting on life passages. Dr. Kim Blum, Walden Alum, is one of the co-authors. The other co-author is Toni Williams, APA dissertation editor extraordinaire!

Courses Taught

DDBA 9001 - Doctoral Study Mentoring

DDBA 8001 - Doctoral study mentoring

SBSF 7100 - Research Methods


MS, Illinois Institute of Technology

BA, CUNY at Brooklyn College

PhD, Walden University

Awards / Honors

Bernard L. Turner Award, , 1997

Faculty Excellence Award, , 2007

Mentoring outstanding dissertation of the year, , 2005

Nomination: Kemper Outstanding Teaching Award, , 2007

Outstanding Area Chair Doctorate of Management Pro, , 2001

Outstanding Faculty, , 2001

Outstanding Professor of the year, , 2007