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CAEX Faculty:
Greg Salyer, PhD

Greg Salyer

About Me

Research Interests:  Native American literature and religion; literary theory; contemporary fiction; mythology; philosophy

Social Change Interests: The Philosophical Research Society; Native American rights; homelessness; literacy 

Joined Walden: 2014

Location: California

About Greg: I am the president of the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, California. We have been in existence since 1934 and help people to discover the world’s wisdom in art, literature, philosophy, psychology, and religion. We offer “practical and profound wisdom for the 21st century."

My Advice for Walden Students

You are not alone, and your struggles are not unusual. One of the most significant rewards of the workshops is that students realize that everyone
has issues and everyone feels alone in this challenge. Saying that you feel alone in a group makes you a part of a community and thus no longer alone,
and that is what the workshops create. Writing is mostly a psychological enterprise. We learn about ourselves through finding our voice,
and the more we learn about ourselves, the better our writing becomes.
My advice, then? Stay open to the changes that will happen to you, recognize that you’re not alone,
and remember Walt Whitman: “I am larger, much better than I thought. I did not know I held so much goodness.”

My Role as a Teacher

Why I enjoy teaching at Walden:

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.

My teaching philosophy:

Quite simply, to help students know that they can become good writers. I know since I was not one, and good writers helped me along the way. I want to do that for Walden students.

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