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ASC About Us: CAEX Leadership Team

Emily Dahlen - CAEX Program Director

Photo of EmilyResearch Interests: Organizational communication, flexibility in the workplace
Social Change Interests: Parental leave expansion and equity
Joined Walden: 2013
Location: Minnesota 
About Emily: I am an Associate Director in the Academic Skills Center and the Program Director for the Walden Center for Academic Excellence (CAEX) courses and workshops. Prior to coming to Walden, I worked as an academic advisor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and at Capella University. I also taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara where I am a doctoral candidate in organizational communication. My educational background is in organizational communication, human resource development, and political science.

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Joseph Gredler - 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.

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Brenda Hudson - 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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Hillary Wentworth - Manager of CAEX Faculty Development and Graduate Writing Courses

Image: Hillary WentworthResearch Interests: Anxiety and psychological factors in writing; efficacy of asynchronous writing feedback
Social Change Interests: Race and gender equity; arts and writing programs
Joined Walden: 2010
Location: Maine, USA
About Hillary: I have been mentoring Walden writers since 2010—first in the Writing Center and now in the Academic Skills Center. I hold a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Prior to Walden, I taught creative writing to teens and adults and worked in educational assessment. In addition to teaching, I serve as the Academic Skills Center’s Manager of CAEX Faculty Development and Graduate Writing Courses to ensure quality instruction. I edit an online literary journal and write nonfiction from my home in Portland.

Currently Teaching:

  • CAEX 6050/6051 - Graduate Writing I: Basic Composition Skills
  • CAEX 6060/6061 - Graduate Writing II: Intermediate Composition Skills
  • CAEX 6100/6101 - Critical Thinking for Social Change
  • CAEX 6200/6201 - Basic APA Style: Citations and References
  • CAEX 6300/6301 - Reading Techniques for Graduate Study