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Student Research Support:
Research Design Alignment Appointments

Research Design Alignment

Conceptualizing your research plan can be challenging. As a student, you can schedule individual 30-minute research design alignment appointments with a ORDS methodologist. The methodologist will check if your problem, purpose, research questions, and analyses are aligned and will offer suggestions for your research study.

This service is most appropriate for students working on their premise, prospectus, or proposal. If you have questions concerning research (RSCH) course concepts or assignments, please contact the Academic Skills Center for course tutoring:

The Research Design Alignment Table must be completed and must be included when scheduling your appointment.  If you fail to attach the table, your appointment will be canceled. 

Before requesting an appointment, students should review the above resource. Based upon your method, please choose the methodologist that best aligns to your current research and schedule a meeting time with him/her.  

Research Design Alignment Methodologists

Marydee A. Spillett, EdD

Associate Director, Qualitative Methodology Advisor, Office of Research Quality Management

Dr. Spillett has served as Qualitative Methodology Advisor in the Office of Research and Doctoral Services since 2010. She started with Walden in 2005 as a faculty member in the EdD program. Prior to that, she worked as Assistant Professor at the University of New Orleans, where she taught courses in qualitative research methods and served as qualitative methodologist on doctoral dissertation committees. She was also a Visiting Professor at the University of Utah, where she taught courses in higher education administration. Her area of expertise is in qualitative research methods.


Dr. Lee StadtlanderLee Stadtlander, Ph.D.

Methodologist and Associate Director of Faculty Research Training and Curriculum Support

Dr. Stadtlander started with Walden in 2005 in the School of Psychology where she was the Academic Psychology coordinator, she transitioned to the Office of Research and Doctoral Services as an Associate Director in 2019. As a researcher, she has extensive experience with many research publications and presentations. She has expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods.


Reggie TaylorReggie Taylor, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Capstone Student Research Support

Dr. Taylor started with Walden in 2007 in the School of Psychology as a contributing faculty. He transitioned to the Doctor of Business Administration program in 2013 as a Program Coordinator. Dr. Taylor joined the Office of Research and Doctoral Services in 2019. In his role in ORDS, Reggie provides methodology and statistics support, one-on-one statistics and SPSS tutoring support. He is also responsible for expanding these tutoring and methods advising services to address broader student research support needs at the doctoral capstone stage. 



Morris BidjeranoMorris Bidjerano, Ph.D.

Qualitative Methodology Advisor

Dr. Bidjerano started with Walden in 2010 as faculty in the School of Public Policy and Administration, where he taught Master and Doctoral level courses in research theory, qualitative methods, and applied research and evaluation methods, chaired dissertations, and served as University Research Reviewer. Dr. Bidjerano joined the ORDS in 2020. In his role, Dr. Bidjerano provides qualitative methodology and research design alignment support, as well as one-on-one tutoring in interpretive qualitative methods. Dr. Bidjerano received his Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from the University at Albany, SUNY.  

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