Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I pursued a doctorate in political science because I wanted to be a professor.
I had gained experience with teaching and research in higher education.
I went down a research path, in education generally and then higher education specifically.
My work in research led me into university administration and quality improvement processes.

Career

Chief Academic Officer

I assure the educational mission of the university.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Technology
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

I work with many different parts of the university on any given day. In my role, I oversee the quality assurance and improvement systems of Walden including learning outcomes assessment, program review, regulatory review, and accreditation. I also supervise departments that support our students, staff, and faculty. Finally, I guide the development and implementation of policies and initiatives that help assure quality outcomes for our students.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Communication skills are at a premium in my role. As part of that I need to understand the perspectives of the different stakeholders I work with everyday and be able to shift my level of thinking accordingly. Related to that, an ability to understand and work with systems is helpful.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Plan to pursue a graduate degree in a field of high interest.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"What are you going to do with a doctorate in political science?"

Challenges I Overcame

Financial