Patricia Brewer

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

Patricia Brewer serves as a Senior Contributing Faculty Member in the PhD/Education program at the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences at Walden University. In that role, she supports doctoral students in the PhD and EdD programs. In 2007, she co-authored “Uncovering the Experiences of First Generation College Students in Limited Residency Graduate Programs” through a Walden University Faculty Excellence Award for Funded Research. Recent publications include Recognizing the Value: Prioritizing the Value of Credit for Prior Learning, with Mary Beth Lakin, published in The EvoLLLution January 20, 2024, “The Roots of Change: Adult Higher Education and Online For-Profit Institutions” co-written with David Stein and included in Driving Innovation with For-profit Adult Higher Education Online Institutions, IGI Global (2022); “Credit for Prior Learning: Putting Standards for Policy into Place”, co-written with Mary Beth Lakin and published in PLA Inside Out: An International Journal on Theory, Research and Practice in Prior Learning Assessment, No. 6 (2018); “Understanding Social Change: Considerations for Higher Education” with Dr. Iris Yob (under review) and in 2017 “The Theory and Practice of Prior Learning Assessment” with Dr. Catherine Marienau in V.C.X. Wang (Ed.), The theory and practice of adult higher education (399-421), Information Age Publishing. Dr. Brewer has investigated deliberative democracy as a participant-researcher with the Kettering Foundation, is Past-President of the Adult Higher Education Alliance, and is currently a member of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education (AAACE). She serves on the Institutional Actions Council and as a mentor in the Assessment Academy for the Higher Learning Commission. Dr. Brewer holds an A.B. from Wilmington College (Ohio), a M.A. in Adult and Community Education from Ball State University, and the Ed.D. from Teachers College Columbia University.

Courses Taught

EDUC 8005 and 8080 - 8080 Foundations of Doctoral Learning

EDUC 8111 - Principles of Social Change:

EDUC 8448 - Qualitative Research Methods:

EDUC 8458 - Advanced Research: Conducting Pilot and Field Studies

EDUC 8468 - Communicating Knowledge in Educational Research

EDUC 8883 - Community College Leadership Practicum

EDUC 8800/9002/8900/9001 - Research Forum


BA, Wilmington College

MA, Ball State University

EdD, Teachers College Columbia University