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Walden University Awards:
Academic Leadership Award

Walden celebrates the accomplishments of the university community—students, new graduates and those who supported them, alumni, and faculty—through a number of annual awards.

The Academic Leadership Award is presented annually recognizing outstanding Walden University Academic Coordinators and Academic Program Directors who exemplify the university’s core values of quality, integrity, and student-centeredness.


Nominations open: October 2, 2020-October 25, 2020

Recipient announced: 2020 Winter Faculty Meeting

Nominees: College Faculty and Academic Leaders

Nominators: Faculty and Academic Leaders

Eligibility and Criteria

Eligible nominees for the award must be current program coordinators whose primary role is not teaching, or program directors. Nominees must have Director or Coordinator in their title and must report up through one of the following:  :  College of Management and Technology, Richard W. Riley College of Education, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Nursing, or College of Health Sciences of Walden University. The nominated program coordinator or program director must have a minimum of two years of leadership service to Walden University. 

Additionally, nominees must have demonstrated the following:   

  • Leadership: Demonstrates integrity, instills trust, exhibits resiliency, , empowers others. 

  • Communication: Shows respect for others, gives quality feedback, exhibits empathy, effective listening skills, and is responsive to the feelings of others. 

  • Advocacy: Demonstrates a commitment to fairness and equity, exhibits strong analytical and research skills, is able to persevere and use good judgment in decision-making. 

  • Collaboration: Shares credit for success, gives and receives feedback for continuous improvement, exhibits strong listening skills, and is reliable and trustworthy. 

  • Integrates the college mission and vision and university commitment to positive social change. 

  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement. 

  • Demonstrates a commitment to academic excellence. 

  • Contributes to a positive work environment – instills trust, takes initiative, engages in positive and professional interactions, displays a sense of humor, compassion and respect for others, is flexible and enthusiastic in working with colleagues. 

  • Innovation and Creativity.  

Previous recipients of the Faculty Excellence Award will be eligible for this award. 


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Previous Recipients

Winter 2020

  • College of Health Sciences: Shana Morrell, PhD
  • College of Management and Technology: Jack McDonald, DBA
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: Sreeroopa Sarkar, PhD
  • The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership: Tiffany Hamilton, EdD