Research Interests: Writerly self-efficacy; effective scientific communication
Social Change Interests: Strengthening youth self-esteem through expressive writing
Joined Walden: 2011
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 as a dissertation editor at Walden University. I enjoy working with scholars and helping them articulate their research projects. Outside of Walden, I also lead creative writing workshops for youth and adults, including those with rare and chronic health conditions.
2017 Accomplishment: Brenda was awarded the Loft Literary Center’s Excellence in Teaching Fellowship for the second year in a row.
Hudson, B. (2019). Story by story: 15 projects to write your family legacy. Wise Ink.
My Advice to Walden Students
My advice to Walden students, especially when feeling overwhelmed, is to remember what motivated you to begin your scholarly journey.
When the going gets tough, call to mind your social change mission. Also, reach out for help. Walden University has many great resources
including support courses, workshops, and tutoring in the Center for Academic Excellence.
Why I enjoy teaching at Walden:
I am passionate about helping scholars achieve their goals and improve their writing. I love seeing students successfully advance their dissertation and doctoral study drafts. I am so inspired by the social change work of our scholars and always learn from my students.
What students can expect from me as a teacher:
Students can expect my individual support and instruction. I encourage questions and multiple revisions. I am especially committed to helping reluctant writers become more confident and skilled through compassionate feedback.