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ASC Courses and Workshops: Other WCSS Courses Faculty

Joseph Gredler, PhD - Lead Faculty, Courses

Image: Joe Gredler

Research Interests: Exploring students’ preferences for instructor feedback and ways in which instructor practices and student preferences can be better aligned; testing feedback interventions to determine whether skill development is affected by certain feedback strategies.
Social Change Interests: Improving feedback practices to promote students’ writing skill development and enhance their academic outcomes; working with Walden faculty to ensure quality writing instruction and student support. 
Joined Walden: 2005.
Location: Minnetonka, MN. 
About Joe: I’m a dissertation editor in Walden’s Writing Center and lead faculty for courses in the Academic Skills Center. I recently served as subject matter expert in developing the curriculum for the Skills in Academic Integrity course. My teaching experience includes writing and literature courses at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and DeVry University. I also spent 6 years as an editor for Meadowbrook Press where I worked primarily on parenting books. I enjoy cycling, reading fiction, and spending time with my teenage daughters.

Currently Teaching:

Patrick Dunn, PhD

Picture of PatResearch Interests: Health literacy, health technology, and cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation
Social Change Interests: Developing better methods of teaching patients how to manage their health
Joined Walden: Became a Walden student in 2011; GA in the Academic Skills Center, 2012; Contributing faculty, 2016
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
About Pat: I have worked in the field of cardiac rehabilitation as an exercise physiologist, program director, and educator for the past 32 years.  I have worked extensively with the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association on strategies for helping patients manage their health.  I currently work for the American Heart Association in the Center for Health Technology and Innovation and am Contributing Faculty in the College of Health Sciences.  I live in Fort Worth, Texas with my wife and 3 children.

Currently teaching:

  • WCSS 8900/8901 - Statistics and SPSS Skills Seminar for Doctoral Students

Katherine Emmons, PhD

Image: Katherine EmmonsResearch Interests:  Children’s literature, family literacy, environmental education, international education
Social Change Interests: environment, literacy, diversity
Joined Walden:  2007
Location: California
About Kate: I have taught online since 2000, and have chaired over twenty dissertation committees.  My passion with my work at Walden is helping see graduate writing projects take shape — I especially enjoy seeing those first seeds of research ideas get planted and grow to completion. I have multidisciplinary and international experience, and have lived in Germany, Jamaica, Belize, Middle East, and South Africa.  My husband and I still love to experience living other countries, and primarily split our time between our homes in Southern California and Cape Town, South Africa. I love creative writing, especially for children, as much as I love academic writing. My current research explores the literacy experiences of Arab teacher education students. 

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 3100/3100U/3101 - Skills for Academic Integrity
  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6200/6201 - Basic APA Style: Citations and References

George Guida, PhD

Image: George GuidaResearch Interests: Creative writing, poetry, fiction, American studies, ethnic studies, immigration studies, humor, composition, online learning
Social Change Interests: The environment, labor equity, immigration reform
Joined Walden: 2012
Location: New York
About George Guida: I am a teacher and author of eight books and many shorter pieces of writing, including essays, stories, poems, plays and reviews. In addition to teaching at Walden, I teach at New York City College of Technology, where I am Professor in English and a past Scholar on Campus. I live on Long Island and in Western New York State with my wife and son. My hobbies include gardening, fishing and exercise.

Currently Teaching:

Esther Lahargoue, JD

Research Interests: Advancements in online learning, breaking international boundaries
Social Change Interests: Affordable quality education
Joined Walden: 2011
Location: Kansas, USA
About Esther: I was born and raised in the Netherlands and Australia, but completed my undergraduate and graduate degree here in the United States.  I currently hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in foreign languages from Purdue University and a Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School. I have traveled extensively and I am fluent in a number of languages.  Professionally, I have spent the last two decades in the education arena, where I have held a variety of positions in administration and fulfilled various roles as a member of large faculty cadres. 

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 3100/3100U/3101 - Skills for Academic Integrity
  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6100/6101 - Critical Thinking and Logic
  • WCSS 6150/6151 - Graduate Writing for Non-Native English Speakers
  • WCSS 6200/6201 - Basic APA Style: Citations and References
  • WCSS 6300/6301 - Advanced Reading Strategies
  • WCSS 6400/6401 - Succeeding on Academic and Professional Exams
  • WCSS 6500/6501 - Effective Assignment Strategies
  • WCSS 6600/6601 - Effective Essay Strategies
  • WCSS 8350/8351 - Writing a Literature Review

Heidi Marshall, EdD

Image: Heidi MarshallResearch Interests: Adult learning, higher education, adult behavior change, leadership
Social Change Interests: Communication and technology access, fitness and body image
Joined Walden: 2007
Location: Minnesota
About Heidi: I have my Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing and my Doctor of Education (EdD) in Higher Education and Adult Learning. I have worked for Walden in a variety of capacities for the past seven years, including as a Writing Center Instructor, the Associate Director of the Academic Skills Center, and, most recently, as contributing faculty. Writing is a passion of mine. I write creatively and academically in my everyday life, but by no means does this come easily to me. Writing is not a skill we are born with; it is a skill we develop with much practice. I hope I can convey some of what I have learned about how to be a successful writer to my students during each of my courses.

Currently Teaching:

Sarah Matthey, EdD

Image: Sarah MattheyResearch Interests: Academic entitlement, student self-efficacy, graduate writing interventions
Social Change Interests: Education, literacy
Joined Walden: 2007
Location: Minnesota
About Sarah: I enjoy working with students on their writing to ensure that they publish documents that represent the best of them professionally and personally. I have an EdD from Walden University. I am a senior dissertation editor in the Walden Writing Center, and I also teach in the DBA program. Outside of Walden, I am an avid reader and yogi, and I enjoy walking and going to the movies with my 9-year-old daughter.

Currently Teaching:

Beth Nastachowski, MA

Beth Nastachowski

Research Interests: Online asynchronous writing instruction
Social Change Interests: Student literacy; access to education
Joined Walden: 2010
Location: St. Paul, MN
About Beth: I’ve been with the Walden Writing Center as a writing instructor since 2010, and I joined the Academic Skills Center as contributing faculty in 2014. I enjoy working with Walden students because of their varied experience in their fields, as well as their commitment—I’m always amazed by many responsibilities my students juggle between work, family, and school commitments. My goal when teaching students is to help them discover their own writing process and writing strengths.   

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 3100/3100U/3101 - Skills for Academic Integrity
  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6200/6201 - Basic APA Style: Citations and References

Sarah Prince, PhD

Image: Sarah PrinceResearch Interests: Contemporary Women’s Literature, Adult Writing Instruction, Writing in the Disciplines/Writing Across the Curriculum 
Social Change Interests: Parental leave expansion in the U.S.; Affordable quality childcare for working families 
Joined Walden: October 2010
Location: Peachtree City, GA 
About Sarah: While earning my PhD in Women’s Studies at Emory University, I also worked as a graduate fellow at the institution’s writing center. I spent time with both undergraduate and graduate writers across a range of different academic disciplines and skill levels. Tutoring and teaching writing as an undergraduate and graduate student really cemented my passion for helping writers to find the skill and confidence necessary to express their own unique scholarly voice. I feel lucky to continue to work in this field, helping Walden students to grow as writers and social change agents. Outside of Walden, I enjoy chasing after my toddler, reading contemporary women’s fiction, and distance running. 

Currently Teaching:

Maisah Robinson, PhD

Research Interests: Academic Writing, English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/TEFL), World Literature
Social Change Interests: Promoting international literacy and human rights
Joined Walden: 2014
Location: Georgia
About Maisah: I began my career as an English as a Second Language (ESL) educator for international students at the University of Michigan, where I received a BA and MA in Education and English Language and Literature. I was part of the project at the University that introduced the concept of “Writing Across the Curriculum” and served as a reader for the University’s writing placement test. I received a PhD in English Education from Georgia State University. I am a published author, researcher, and editor.  I enjoy editing others’ writing and have found that this reinforces my teaching abilities. 

Currently Teaching:

Greg Salyer, PhD

Photo of GregResearch Interests:  Native American Literature and Religion, Literary Theory, Contemporary Fiction, Mythology, Online Pedagogy
Social Change Interests: Los Angeles Conservancy, Native American Rights, Homelessness, Literacy  
Joined Walden: 2014 
Location: California
About Greg: I love the work I do at Walden because compelling writing is the key that opens every door and helping people find and use that key is empowering for both me and my students. I have been a scholar, teacher, and administrator in higher education for over twenty years, and I have been teaching online since 2000. It’s a brave new world in higher education, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it. Walden is unique in its commitment to helping its students become great writers, and I count it an honor to a part of that mission. 

Currently Teaching:

Anne Shiell, MA

Anne Shiell

Research Interests: writing center pedagogy; managing remote teams 
Social Change Interests: literacy; women’s rights and empowerment
Joined Walden: May 2012
Location: Indianapolis, IN
About Anne: I am a manager of writing instructional services in the Walden University Writing Center, overseeing the center’s paper review service and a team of writing instructors. I earned an BA in English from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and an MA in English from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where I taught composition courses as a faculty member in the Department of Writing Studies before coming to Walden.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 3100/3100U/3101 - Skills for Academic Integrity​
  • WCSS 6200/6201 - Basic APA Style: Citations and References​

Kelley Walters, PhD

Research Interests: Adult learners, Online Education, Literacy
Social Change Interests: Advocacy for Special Needs Children, Developing Leaders
Joined Walden: 2007
Location: Michigan 
About Kelley: My last ten years have been spent working primarily with doctoral students.  I have served on more than 80 successful dissertation committees and enjoy the process as well as finding new ways to help students achieve their dream. I especially enjoy working with doctoral students on writing and research. I spend time outside work volunteering for music boosters, cub scouts, and 4H in an effort to help special needs students and build future leaders. I frequently donate items to local schools and child development centers. My PhD in Reading Education and my MBA in Management both serve me well in assisting adults through the dissertation process and helping children learn to be readers. I am lucky to be able to work in both worlds.

Currently Teaching:

Lydia Lunning, MA

Image: Lydia LunningResearch Interests: Rhetoric and composition, contemporary literature and culture, children’s literature/folklore
Social Change Interests: Education
Joined Walden: 2012
Location: Minneapolis, MN
About Lydia: Before coming to Walden, I taught writing courses at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, worked as a writing and course tutor in the Writing Center at Oberlin College, and was a member of the editorial staff as a children’s literary magazine company. Learning to express yourself in clear, scholarly language is a major component of becoming a scholar-practitioner; as both contributing faculty and a member to the Walden Writer Center editing team, I value the opportunity to help students master APA style and academic English as they contribute to the larger scholarly conversation. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, curling up with a good book, and travel.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6200/6201 - Basic APA Style: Citations and References

Matt Sharkey-Smith, MFA

Research Interests: Online instruction, writing self-efficacy

Social Change Interests: Increasing access to higher education

Joined Walden: 2010

Location: Minneapolis, MN

About Matt: I am a Contributing Faculty member, and I teach writing support courses in the Academic Skills Center. I am also a Writing Instructor and Coordinator of Writing Research and Pedagogy in the Writing Center. I have an MFA in Writing from Hamline University, and prior to joining Walden I worked as a technical writer, a tutor, a fact checker, and a copy editor. As an instructor, I enjoy helping students develop their ideas into lucid arguments their readers can easily understand.

Currently Teaching:

  • WCSS 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills
  • WCSS 6200/6201 - Basic APA Style: Citations and References​