Steve Wells

Core Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Doctor of Education (EdD)

Steve has taught for Walden since 2004 and was hired as a full-time professor in 2007. He has worn many hats since working here and currently serves as a core faculty member in the research department for the Riley College of Education and Human Sciences. Steve says that he enjoys working with faculty and students.

Steve invested 25 years in public schools as a teacher and administrator and holds principal and superintendent licenses in Texas and Minnesota.

He holds an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M – Commerce, also a M.Music in Wind Ensemble Conducting from The Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, and a B.Music in Vocal/Instrumental Music Education from The Univ. of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music, Moscow.

Research interests: K-12 and Higher Ed Leadership, Transformational Approaches, Arts leadership, Teacher preparation, and Christian education.
Steve has presented several educational seminars/workshops around the U.S.A., China, and Southeast Asia.

Steve lives with his wife, Deborah, in the Minneapolis area not far from his two adult sons. When not teaching online, he is probably doing a do-it-yourself project.


EdD, Texas A&M - Commerce

M.Music, The University of Colorado

B.Music, The University of Idaho

Awards / Honors

Faculty Research Initiative Grant, Walden University, 2008


Wells, S., Vinella, M., Walters, K. J. (2012). The Genre of Instructor Feedback in Doctoral Programs: A Corpus Linguistic Analysis. HigherEdWeb Association