Eric Riedel

Eric Riedel

Chief Academic Officer


Walden University

Milestones

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.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
graduate
Graduate
Political Science and Government, General
University of Minnesota
doctorate
Doctorate
Political Science and Government, General
University of Minnesota
Career

Career

Chief Academic Officer

I assure the educational mission of the university.

Career Roadmap

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General
graduate
Graduate
Political Science and Government, General
doctorate
Doctorate
Political Science and Government, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

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

There are many roles in higher education that may draw on your doctorate and allow you to do meaningful long-term work. Teaching and research are not exclusive to the faculty role and faculty themselves often shift to other positions during their lifetime. Colleagues who have graduated with a doctorate in political science have worked in a variety of fields outside of academia as well.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

I did not have a strong financial base to attend college and graduate school. I used a combination of different sources including scholarships, loans, work, and tuition discounts. It helps to ask for help and shop around institutions.