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ASC Courses and Workshops: Workshop Faculty

Brenda Hudson, PhD - Lead Faculty, Workshops

Brenda HudsonResearch Interests: writerly self-efficacy; effective scientific communication
Social Change Interests: strengthening youth self-esteem through expressive writing
Joined Walden: 2011
Location: Minnesota
About Brenda: I am lead faculty of Walden University’s Doctoral Writing Workshop series. I have a PhD in rhetoric and scientific communication from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in journalism from Boston University. I have worked as a journalist at the BBC World Service Television in London, England, and at NBC News in London and New York. Since returning to the Midwest, I have worked as a medical writer at the University of Minnesota and at the medical device company Medtronic, and as a dissertation editor at Walden University. I enjoy working with students and helping them articulate their research projects.

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Donna Connolly, PhD

Donna Connolly, Ph.D.Social Change Interests: Equality/human rights for women, children, minorities
Joined Walden: Sept 2014
Location: Colorado
About Donna: I’ve been involved in higher education for thirty years and am passionate about the importance of thinking and writing well. I served in the Air Force for twenty years, spending two tours teaching in the English Department at the Air Force Academy. I've held a variety of administrative positions in higher ed and have taught writing and literature courses at a number of different colleges and universities, both face-to-face and online. My academic degrees are all in English: BA from Wheeling Jesuit University, MA from the University of Tennessee, and PhD from the University of Notre Dame.

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Christy Fraenza, PhD

Christy Fraenza, Ph.D.Research Interests: cultural differences in online learning; imposter phenomenon; first-generation college students
Social Change Interests: animal protection; equal pay
Joined Walden: 2015
Location: Pennsylvania
About Christy: As a contributing faculty member within the Academic Skills Center, I enjoy supporting doctoral students as they work to complete their dissertations. I have my PhD in General Psychology (Educational Track) from Walden. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, painting ceramics, and spending time with my family and many pets.

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Joseph Gredler, PhD

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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Connie Warner, PhD

Image of ConnieResearch Interests: Authentic assessment, student-centered learning, and student self-efficacy 
Social Change Interests: Working with underprepared, underserved students 
Joined Walden: 2014
Location: Michigan
About Connie: I currently teach a variety of Walden University’s Doctoral Writing Workshops. I hold a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, a Post Master's Certificate in Higher Education, an MBA, and a BA in English. Prior to joining Walden, I served as a dean, associate dean, course developer, and faculty member. I have been teaching for 12 years, and my areas include organizational leadership, college success strategies, business administration, and composition. 

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