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Nicole Hayes

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Public Policy and Administration

Degree Program Ph.D. Public Policy and Administration

Dr. Hayes is a 25-year U.S. Army combat veteran, having served two tours overseas. She is experienced at building and leading diverse teams while designing and implementing organizational change. She is a strategists in organizational solutions and strategic assessments for individuals, corporate, non-profits, private, and government organizations. Dr. Hayes has served at various strategic and operational levels in the military. Dr. Hayes has experience working with congressional staffs, government agencies, corporate, private, and veteran service organizations for client management support and federal regulation review and writing. At Walden University, she is focused on foundation courses for doctoral students.

Dr. Hayes is a post-doctoral fellow with the Polarities of Democracy Institute where she serves as a board member, treasurer and was designated the Inaugural Desi Benet Social Change Fellow and has presented at the Center for Creative Leadership on Diversity and Equality and the polarities of social change and democracy. Her current research interests focus primarily on diversity, inclusion and gentrification of underrepresented communities. Dr. Hayes is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Courses Taught

PPPA/DDPA 8000 - Foundations of Doctoral Studies


PhD, Walden University

MA, Webster University

BA, Auburn University

Public Service

Institute for Polarities of Democracy, Board Member


Hayes, N. B. (2019). The Effects of a Multicultural Overseas Community on Military Adolescents.


Hayes, N. B. (2019). Diversity and Equality: The Institute for Polarities of Democracy’s Applied Social Change . Polarity Partnerships.