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Sandra Bever

Contributing Faculty

College of Health Professions

School of Health Sciences

Degree Programs Ph.D. Public Health
Ph.D. Health Education and Promotion

Dr. Bever is an applied anthropologist with expertise in qualitative methodologies, program design and evaluation, grant writing, household economy, economic development, migrant populations, community health, and gender disparities.
Her current areas of focus include diversity in higher education, online faculty workload, and the effects of COVID-19 on working parents. Geographic areas of expertise: Mexico, Southern California.

Dr. Bever has worked in higher education since 1999. She is a Walden University Social Change Fellow. She is also the recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award and the Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence at Walden University. Dr. Bever was lead for the 2018 Walden Climate Survey Project, to date the only climate survey ever conducted at Walden. She currently serves on the Walden Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council as well as the Doctoral Education Advisory Council.

In the private sector, she has worked as a senior ethnographer and director of multicultural research at national consulting and market research firms. Dr. Bever has also been an educational consultant for school districts, universities, private foundations, and Native American tribes throughout California. Her earlier work engaging undergraduate students in research projects in applied anthropology at Santa Clara University earned her a lifetime appointment as Fellow in the Society for Applied Anthropology.


PhD, Southern Methodist University - Dallas, TX United States

Public Service

De Portola Middle School Foundation, Vice President - San Diego, CA United States

San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention, Internship Coordinator - San Diego, CA United States

Knitters for Hope Charity, Founder - San Diego, CA United States

Awards / Honors

Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence, Walden University, 2017

Faculty Excellence Award, College of Health Sciences, Walden University, 2017

Elected to the status of "Fellow" , Society for Applied Anthropology, 2002


McIntyre-Hite, L., Cheney, M., Bever, S. W., Mast, L. J., Hapka, A. R. (2018). CBEN's Quality Framework: A Case Study in Its Application to CBE Curriculum Quality Standards at Walden University. Journal of Competency-Based Education.

Bever, S. W., Graham, M., Ervin, A. (2002). Training for Research and Practice: The Rewards of Applying Anthropology in an Undergraduate Context. Practicing Anthropology.

Bever, S. W., Rollwagen, J. (2002). Migration and the Transformation of Gender Roles and Hierarchies in Yucatan. Urban Anthropology.

Bever, S. W., Dannhaeuser, N. (2002). A Socioeconomic Profile of Yucatec Maya Families in Migrating and Non-migrating Households. Research in Economic Anthropology.


Bever, S. W. (2019). Teaching In Justice Beyond the Anthropology Classroom: How Anthropology Can Influence the Health Sciences. American Anthropological Association.

Bever, S. W. (2019). Practical Tools for Developing a Grant Proposal. Walden University.

Fraser, J., Walsh, M. L., Bever, S. W., Dixon-Saxon, S. V. (2018). Curriculum Development Considerations for Diversity and Inclusion. Walden University.

Bever, S. W. (2016). Where's the Off Switch? Leisure and Labor Among Online Faculty. American Anthropological Association.

Bever, S. W. (2014). Administrative Destination: Bringing Anthropology into Academic Assessment. Society for Applied Anthropology.