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Staff Bios:
Allison McNamara, MA

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Allison McNamara

Allison McNamara

"My advice to Walden students is to read all directions carefully and if you have any questions – please ask! We are here to help and want to ensure you are as successful as possible during your academic journey."

About Me

About Me


Research Interests: Organizational and strategic communication; student success

Social Change Interests: Diversity & inclusion; self-care; personal development

Joined Walden: 2016

Location: Minnesota

About Allison: I joined Walden in 2016 as a Student Success Advisor, and moved to the Doctoral Writing Assessment team in 2019. I enjoy helping students achieve their educational goals, and I'm excited to work with students as they start their doctoral program. When I am not working, I'm usually working on house/furniture projects, traveling, or spending time with family and friends.

What I do in my Role as a Writing Assessment Specialist

My Role as a Writing Assessment Specialist



What I do in my role as a Writing Assessment Specialist

In my role as a Writing Assessment Specialist, I work with students on the Doctoral Writing Assessment (DWA) at the beginning of their program. I communicate with students regarding the assessment requirements, answer any questions students or staff have about the DWA, and track student progress. 

My favorite project

In the Minneapolis office, we have a group called the Community Building Committee (CBC). CBC organizes events and activities throughout the year that include guest speakers, service events, awareness campaigns, etc. My favorite project was “Green Week”. We promoted recycling programs in the Twin Cities, hosted guest speakers who educated us on ways we can be green in our homes and communities, and I got to lead an upcycling craft project using supplies from thrift stores. It was a very fun and informative week! 

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Allison McNamara
Allison McNamara
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