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Center for Academic Excellence Quarterly Update: Spring 2016

The Center for Academic Excellence Quarterly Update includes information from the Academic Skills Center, Career Services Center, Library, and Writing Center (Students)

Staying Inspired

Academic Skills Center

Keep your inspiration on track by taking a CAEX support course! We offer a variety of courses to help you on your journey, including courses on writing, APA style, and critical thinking. 

Career Services

Seeking career inspiration for your job search or career transition? Check out our Career Spotlight videos to hear amazing Walden career success stories.


Stay inspired by reading some texts on the topic. Here are our recommendations:

Inspired Teacher: How to Know One, Grow One, or Be One

The Art of Inspired Living

Writing Center

If you find yourself lacking motivation in a course, take some time to free write about why you are pursuing your degree at Walden. What do you want to accomplish? Reminding yourself about why you are writing can help you be inspired to write.



Upcoming Library webinars 

Academic Skills Center

Skill-Builder Session: Descriptive Statistics

  • Thursday, April 14, 8 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern

Skill-Builder Session: Linear Regression (Part 1) – Simple Linear Regression

  • Saturday, April 16, 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. Eastern

StatsChat Live! Graphs

  • Tuesday, April 26, 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern

Career Services


Your Digital Identity as a Scholar-Practitioner

  • Thursday, April 14, 6 to 7 p.m. Eastern

Advancing Your Career in Project Management

  • Thursday, May 12, 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern

Walden Career Connections Online Networking Events

Doctoral Networking Social

  • Thursday, May 12, 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern 

Master’s Networking Social

  • Thursday, May 19, 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern

Writing Center

APA Citations Part 2: Nontraditional Sources

  • Wednesday, April 13, 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern

Revising & Self-Editing a Doctoral Capstone: A Panel Discussion

  • Thursday, April 14, 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern

Life Cycle of a Paper

  • Monday, April 18, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

Practical Skills: Using and Integrating Quotes

  • Thursday, April 28, 6 to 7 p.m. Eastern

Welcome to the Spring Issue!

Where do you turn for inspiration when you’re feeling discouraged? The Center for Academic Excellence has lots of inspiring stories about students who faced the same problems you face: family, work, school and the need for more time to juggle them all. Our students learned to be better writers, received help for their statistics problems, found time-saving ways to use the library, and snagged great jobs after graduation by utilizing all our center has to offer. Read the rest of our spring newsletter to see where we might inspire you.

Staff Spotlight: Sara Witty

  1. Please describe your primary role at Walden.

My primary role at Walden is as a dissertation editor.

  1. How do you support students at Walden?

I provide final editing for dissertations and developmental editing support while students are still in the process of proposing and completing their final projects.

  1. What is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part of my job is engaging with language and ideas on an everyday basis. I also get to learn a lot about fields that aren’t my own, which is pretty great!

  1. What do you do when you’re not working?

I spend most of my free time writing and painting. In case anyone is worried that I never relax, I’ll admit I spend a decent amount of time binge watching science fiction television shows.

  1. If you could offer one helpful tip to Walden students, what would it be?

Never feel discouraged because you have to work on your writing. Editing is something all writers have to do. If you’re editing, it’s because you’re a serious writer!

Academic Skills Center Update

Staff Announcements

Hillary Wentworth joined the Academic Skills Center part-time as our Coordinator of CAEX Writing Faculty Development! In this role, she creates resources for CAEX faculty. In her short tenure, she has already developed a CAEX Faculty Yammer network, teaching guides for each CAEX course, and a CAEX faculty knowledge base. Hillary is an extraordinary asset to the CAEX and ASC teams, and we are so happy to have her on board. In addition to serving as our Coordinator for CAEX Writing Faculty Development, Hillary continues to work for the Walden Writing Center as a Writing Instructor extraordinaire.


Congratulations to Dr. Patrick Dunn, Instructional Support Specialist in the Academic Skills Center. Dr. Dunn graduated in January, completing his PhD in Public Health at Walden. Pat had the opportunity to meet several of his ASC coworkers during commencement weekend in Orlando, where he was joined by family to celebrate this major accomplishment!


PowerPoint Resources

Have you checked out the Academic Skills Center’s new PowerPoint resources? If you are searching for a tutorial on topics ranging from inserting audio to selecting a design template, please visit our website. Students may also e-mail a tutor at with questions or for more information on using PowerPoint software in their coursework at Walden. Students may make an appointment for one-on-one tutoring as well by visiting the appointment scheduling system

Career Services Center Update

New Live Career Chat

Do you have a quick question for Career Services?  Do you need assistance scheduling an appointment or want help finding a specific career resource? We are now offering live chat 4 times per week!  Check the schedule under “Latest News” on the Career Services website homepage.

Launch of Brazen Connect Virtual Networking Platform

In March, Career Services launched its new virtual networking platform, Walden Career Connections.  We were excited to host 176 students and alumni for this event, in which students engaged in 8-minute virtual IM chats with other individuals from their college.  We hosted more than 350 virtual conversations and we received very positive feedback, including one student who asked us to host these events every week!  We are planning events for doctoral, masters and international students this spring and are very pleased to offer our students and alumni these opportunities to build their professional networks.

Library Update

Welcome, Meghan and Emma!

The Library recently welcomed two new librarians, Meghan Testerman and Emma Covelli.

Meghan joins us from the Hudson Valley in New York and worked with Walden for 6 years on the Institutional Review Board as a non-affiliate, where she reviewed master’s and PhD research proposals for ethical soundness. She has also worked with two U.S. Army Europe Libraries, the Providence Athenaeum, and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Hathaway Library and was recognized by the Archivist of the United States for her work with the Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection housed at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Meghan lived in Heidelberg, Germany for 7 years and hopes one day to return.


Emma lives in Denver, Colorado. She has been a librarian since 2008 and has worked in academic libraries since 2000.  She has worked at several different university libraries in various areas including reference, instruction, collection development, e-resources management, and IT. Emma is an animal lover and volunteers at the local animal shelter several hours a week.  She also has 2 cats of her own and is hoping to get a dog sometime soon. During her free time, Emma enjoys cooking and exploring the mountains of Colorado by hiking, camping, and off-roading. Emma is very excited to join Walden University as a part-time Reference Specialist!

Writing Center Update

Self-Paced Modules Win OLC Effective Practice Award

The Writing Center’s self-paced modules are now award-winning! The modules won an Online Learning Consortium effective practice award, which is awarded based on learning effectiveness, faculty and student satisfaction, scale, and access. The Writing Center will present the modules at the OLC Innovate conference in April. If you haven’t tried a module yet, be sure to sign up for one of the grammar, APA, or plagiarism prevention modules.

Paper Reviews With Our Writing Instructors

Stay inspired with your discussion posts and course papers by making a paper review appointment with the Writing Center. A Writing Center writing instructor will give you individualized feedback on your draft or completed paper to help you develop your writing skills. Although we encourage students to plan ahead and schedule appointments in advance to allow time for revision before deadlines, same-week and even same-day appointments are often available.

Multilingual Student Resources

If you are a multilingual student looking for more writing resources and support, please check out our newly redesigned Multilingual Student Page. For help with grammar, we host individual grammar pages on our website, and the Writing Center blog posts frequently address grammar and mechanics. There are self-paced grammar modules to help develop grammar skills,  grammar video playlists, and grammar webinars that can be attended live or accessed in the archive. Finally, you can access Grammarly through the Writing Center. This is software that can identify and provide feedback regarding grammar, syntax, and spelling. It generally works best for writers who have a fairly strong grasp of English grammar and may not be as helpful for writers who have a large variety and number of sentence-level errors.