Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy
Degree ProgramDoctor of Education (EdD)
Dr. Underwood has worked at every level of education from Head Start through EdD and PhD programs. At Walden since 2013, she has taught research methodology courses, mentored students through their capstone research as methodologist or content specialist, taught at required and advanced residencies, served as University Research Reviewer (URR), led a multidisciplinary research team, and was subject matter expert for several curriculum development projects. Previously, she taught research methods/statistics at undergrad through doctoral levels for over 12 years at four universities. In addition to her graduate faculty positions, Dr. Underwood was an Assistant Dean, Associate VP, and VP in research development, assessment, and institutional effectiveness. She has worked at community college and university levels, and has been a school psychologist and a program evaluator for K-12 education and social service programs. Numerous presentations and publications, as well as several million dollars in successful grant proposals to foundations and state/federal agencies, reflect Dr. Underwood’s expertise. In 2019 and in 2020, Dr. Underwood received the Rita Turner Award as doctoral committee chair for the graduates who received the Frank Dilley Award for Outstanding Doctoral Study.
PhD, University of Texas-Austin