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The Center for Faculty Excellence Advisory Council (CFEAC) consists of individual members who are recommended/nominated by their college/center leadership – core and contributing faculty members serve on the council from each college/center. The Executive Director of the CFE is the Chair of the council. Council membership transitions on a rotating basis, after a term length of 2 years.

Terms run from December to November. Individuals on the CFEAC serve in an advisory capacity, not a governance role, and are consultants on various CFE initiatives for Walden, drawing upon their faculty knowledge, experience and academic purview.

We appreciate your input and look forward to a great year of collaboration!

2019-2020 Center for Faculty Excellence Advisory Council

Dr. Kim Alkins

Image of Kim AlkinsFor over 13 years, Dr. Alkins taught educational psychology and research courses to pre-service and in-service teachers at Queens College in Flushing, NY. She has lived most of her life on the east coast; currently residing in Florida. 

She obtained a BS from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in Agricultural Economics, with a minor in applied economics and business management. She did not use her degree in Agricultural Economics; instead, her first job out of college was in a nonprofit educational organization working with students who were considered to be at risk of failing out of school. The field of education is where she has remained. In 1994 she got an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University in sociology and education and in 2002 she got a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in urban education.

Initially, her goal in the field of education was working with students looking at the achievement gap and the relationship between students’ attitudes about schooling and testing and their academic development. Now her focus, especially in research has been on teachers, as they are an important component in the academic success equation. How can teachers be the best that they can be so that they can help students be successful in school?

Since 2011 she has worked as a Contributing Faculty, methodologist in the Richard Riley College of Education and Leadership. Currently, she serves as committee chair, second member, or University Research Reviewer on over 30 doctoral studies committees.

Dr. Tanaz Arteaga

Image of Dr Tanaz ArteagaTanaz Arteaga is a Contributing Faculty member for the Center for General Education, where she teaches Mathematics and Natural Sciences. She has served Walden’s undergraduate students and faculty in various roles since 2008 including General Education Coordinator, Coordinator of the First Term Experience, Core Faculty of Mathematics, Lead Faculty, Senior Colleague, and Subject Matter Expert. She has also instructed the New Faculty Orientation and worked on projects with CFE. She received the Walden Faculty Excellence Award in July 2016.

Living in Southern California, Tanaz has worked for private schools and colleges in many capacities including teacher, college counselor, academic coach, and administrator all while focusing on instructional quality and design, faculty engagement and student motivation. Although she enjoys the role of educational leader she currently plays at another institution where she is serving as a department chair of undergraduate programs, her heart is in the classroom. She has enjoyed the opportunity to teach all levels of students, both on ground and online, to instruct teacher education courses as well as all levels of mathematics and various life sciences.  

While earning her M.A. in Teaching and in Mathematics, Tanaz became interested in finding ways to make mathematics come alive in the classroom using analogies and creative instructional practices. Additionally, she is interested in helping students begin to communicate in the languages of mathematics and science and to learn to ask “why” as they study. From this understanding, she believes students truly benefit from general education courses while obtaining important interdisciplinary, transferrable skills. Her other research interests include metacognitive practices in the online classroom, assessment for learning versus of learning, creative instructional and engagement techniques, peer tutoring and mentoring, faculty development and team building, and support interventions for nontraditional undergraduate students. Tanaz is a proud Bruin having also earned her B.S. in Physiological Science and briefly attended medical school at UCLA.

Tanaz feels strongly that every student is capable of mastering mathematics, thinking scientifically and seeing the beauty of the subjects. She holds a profound respect for Walden students who are often employed full-time in addition to having family responsibilities, but still find the dedication it takes to pursue their studies. As a proud mommy mathematician and scientific nerd, she takes pride in supporting her students and wants every undergraduate to find the level of achievement they are capable of accomplishing.

Dr. Peter Anderson

Image of Dr Peter AndersonDr. Peter B. Anderson is a Senior Contributing faculty member in the College of Health Sciences at Walden University. He was a Full Professor in the Department of Human Performance and Health Promotion and in Women’s Studies at the University of New Orleans from 1989-2005. He studied and taught sexuality in Kenya, Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, Costa Rica, Russia and the Czech Republic. Dr. Anderson has published two edited books, ten book chapters, and over 80 professional articles. He is past president and past executive director of the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, was the senior editor of the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality for 8 years and have been a member of the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance Working Group on Youth Violence, Alcohol, and Nightlife since 2005. Dr Anderson was awarded the title of Fellow in the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in 2013 and the Bernard L. Turner Award in 2014.

Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. from New York University, and M.S. from University of Missouri at Kansas City. His research interests include: Human Sexuality; specifically, HIV/AIDS, Sexual Aggression, the impact of Alcohol & Drug Consumption on Sexual Risk Behavior, Gender, and the intersections of Race, Gender, and Class.

Dr. Eric Bliss

Image of Eric BlissEric Bliss lives in Austin, TX and is married to a beautiful Japanese/Honduran woman, Michiko. His PhD is in Environmental Chemistry though he most recently completed a post-doc certificate in business administration focused on project management. Eric has worked outside of academia in process development (catalysts), nuclear research (transuranics and high-level radioactive waste), as a field engineer (oil industry offshore wire line tools and pharmaceutical industry mass spectrometry applications), and as a pool manager while coaching swimming & soccer, teaching high school math and science, and instructing at Space Camp. Traveling to Dubna, Russia for a 2-wk NATO conference was a great cultural experience for Eric, as was leading 4 service trips to Costa Rica and teaching in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Eric loves to travel, read, watch movies, enjoy the lake, ride a Harley, and he is a sound engineer for two bands. At Walden, Eric supervises faculty and manages projects as the Associate Director of the Center for General Education.

Dr. Bill Benet

Image of Dr Bill BenetDr. Bill Benet is an educator/researcher/activist who focuses on workplace and societal democracy. He has over 50 years’ experience in politics, peace & justice community organizing, union activism, community development, small business management, organization development, social economy entrepreneurship, fostering collaborative community/campus partnerships, and advancing the democratization of public education. He served 28 years in the Monroe County Legislature as an elected representative from Rochester, New York, including five years as Majority Leader.
Dr. Benet’s primary research agenda is focused on overcoming oppression. He developed the Polarities of Democracy model as a theoretical framework for guiding research on positive social change in society and the workplace. The Polarities of Democracy model is a critical theory approach to building healthy, sustainable, and just communities. 

As of November 2019, the Polarities of Democracy has been used as the theoretical framework for 12 completed PhD studies at Walden University, with an additional three studies having been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and approximately 10 studies in the pre-IRB stage.

Since 2012, Dr. Benet has presented over 30 lectures on the Polarities of Democracy theory in Brighton, England; Glasgow, Scotland; The Hague, Netherlands; London, England; Montreal, Canada; Paris, France; Prague, Czech Republic; St. Catherine’s, Canada; Toronto, Canada; Alexandria, VA; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Greensboro, NC; Philadelphia, PA; San Diego, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Tampa, FL; and Washington, DC. For further information on the Polarities of Democracy theory, please visit the Institute for Polarities of Democracy and/or the Walden Library Polarities of Democracy Social Change Collection: ( (

Dr. Benet currently holds academic appointments as a Research Professor with Walden University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, a Visiting Scholar with the University of Toronto’s Social Economy Centre, and a Senior Fellow with Bentley University’s Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility.

Dr. Mary Bold

Image of Dr Mary BoldDr. Bold has held academic posts of tenured faculty member, department chair, dean of college, eLearning strategist, associate CIO, and digital strategy officer. She has served at both private and public universities as well as serving as a consultant and external reviewer for institutions other than her own.




Dr. Elias Demetriades

Image of Dr Elias DemetriadesElias lives in Maintenon, a small charming village south of Paris, and teaches finance and management at Audencia Business School, in Nantes. He is a contributing faculty at the College of Business and Management at Walden. He holds a BS in Business Administration, an MBA in Management, from IMD in Switzerland, and a PhD in Management Science / Finance from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Dr. Demetriades has been teaching in higher education since 1992, most of the time as a FT faculty in finance, quantitative studies, strategy and management. His work experience has been with companies in diverse industries in Europe, Africa, and the US and his teaching has spanned all levels of higher education, from undergraduate to doctoral, as well as all delivery modes, from face-to-face to hybrid and pure online, both in non-profit and, mostly, for-profit institutions. He has designed multiple courses, chaired doctoral committees and engaged in assessment and accreditation initiatives. His research interests focus on the integration of risk management and strategy.

Dr. Tara Lee Gallien

Image of Dr Tara Lee GallianTara Lee Gallien, PhD, CHES, RYT has worked in higher education for 25+ years, serving as faculty, curriculum designer and developer, chair/member of institutional committees, and director of community-based health events/programs.  She joined Walden University as Contributing faculty in the School of Health Sciences (SHS) in 2017. In fall 2019, she became the Academic Program Coordinator for the TEMPO competency-based undergraduate programs in SHS.

Tara is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She received her doctorate in health studies from Texas Woman’s University, a master’s in health promotion from Northwestern State University in Louisiana, and a bachelor’s (biology) and associate degree (fire science technology) from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her research interests include online pedagogy and student leadership in health curricula.

Dr. Gallien currently lives in North Carolina but grew up in Alaska, where she spent most of her spare time exploring nature.

Dr. Greg Hickman

Image of Dr Greg HickmanDr. Greg Hickman has been with Walden University since 2010 and is currently a Senior Core Faculty member in Human Services. Dr. Hickman is a nationally known scholar of educational, psychological, community, and familial research, as he has spent over two decades researching at-risk issues related to child and adolescent development and developing community partnerships aimed at creating social change. Currently, Dr. Hickman is Research Fellow for the National Dropout Prevention Center and editor for the Journal of At-Risk Issues. 



Dr. Sam Lyman

Image of Dr Sam LymanDr. Sam Lyman is a former high school science and mathematics teacher and has a BS in microbiology, MA in secondary education, and EdD in curriculum & instruction focused in science education. He has many years of experience teaching in both academia and business. Dr. Lyman has worked at Walden since July 2009 and has taught courses from the freshman level through the doctorate. He has served as chair for four students that have successfully completed EdD degrees. His current assignment is in the MSED programs where he is  a senior contributing faculty member, lead faculty in the science program, and subject matter expert in science education. He is also currently designing his first course in inquiry-based learning for the new 1-credit course program. In his personal time he plays bluegrass music with his wife Cherie in multiple local bands and is an avid bicycle rider.

Dr. Karen Milheim

Image of Dr Karen MilheimDr. Karen Milheim, Ed.D. manages a myriad of projects related to doctoral student enrollment, retention, marketing, and student success and progress as part of Walden's Doctoral Business Group. She earned her Master’s degree in Instructional Systems from Penn State (Great Valley), and Doctoral degree in Adult Education from Penn State (Harrisburg).

Prior to joining the doctoral business group, Dr. Milheim was Core Faculty in the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, and served as an Associate Director in the Academic Skills Center from 2014 - 2016. Dr. Milheim is the 2017 recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award and has published and presented on research related to adult education and online education. She recently published an edited book entitled "Cultivating Diverse Online Classrooms through Effective Instructional Design" with IGI Global Publishers.

Dr. Jason Lum

Image of Jason LumA graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the University of California, Berkeley, with degrees in public policy and law, respectively, Prof. Lum brings a multidisciplinary focus to his courses. Prior to his graduate work, Prof. Lum received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and upon graduation studied, lectured, and traveled throughout Southeast Asia as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar based at the National University of Singapore. In addition, Prof. Lum’s professional experience touches upon the public and private sectors and both law and public policy. He served as an assistant to a Member of Congress and to a state governor, an administrator in a large urban public housing authority, and as a law clerk at the United States Department of Justice. He also practiced law at a large, multinational law firm before working as a civil rights attorney in St. Paul, Minnesota. Finally, Prof. Lum has been honored with major national and international awards in public policy and international affairs such as the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in Public Policy and International Affairs, and honors from the Public Employees Roundtable in Washington, D.C., and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Dr. Shannon Lynch

Image of Shannon LynchAfter acquiring her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at University of Sarasota in 2003, Dr. Lynch became a faculty member at Walden University. She so enjoyed Walden that she pursued a M.S in Psychology to couple with her M.A. in Human Resources Development from Webster University. Dr. Lynch has also served as a special education teacher and a public-school administrator and oversaw special programs and human resources at the campus level. While in those capacities she received the National Sallie Mae Award, Spirit of Education Award, Outstanding Principal TASSP, and the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education Regular Educator of the Year. Dr. Lynch has been with Walden for over 16 years in the College of Management & Technology and has recently been promoted to Academic Program Coordinator for the BSBA - TEMPO/CBE program

 Dr. Jamil Norman

Image of Jamil NormanDr. Jamil Norman is the Competency Based Education Tempo Academic Program Coordinator for the RN to BSN Program at Walden University. Her areas of expertise include nursing research and women’s health nursing. She is a Certified Nurse Educator and has over eighteen years of experience as a registered nurse and thirteen years in higher education. Dr. Norman earned her BSN from the University of Central Arkansas, her MSN from Grambling State University, and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler. Her research interests include integrating technology in nursing education and maternal outcomes.

Prior to her role as Tempo RN to BSN Coordinator, Dr. Jamil Norman began her teaching career at Walden University in 2014 as Contributing faculty. Within a year she transitioned into the role of Core Faculty and was awarded Senior Core Faculty status in 2018. Throughout her career she has served as an agent of social change in the roles of educator, teacher and mentor.

Dr. Bruce Ragon

Image of Dr Bruce RagonAfter acquiring his Ph.D. in Health Education at Penn State University in 1991, Dr. Bruce Ragon went on to Indiana University, where in his third year received the Student Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty. Dr. Ragon was a professor of health education at UNCW for four years, during which time he was instrumental in bringing the American School Health Association’s Summer Institute to UNC Wilmington. In 1999 he was named Assistant Vice Chancellor for Public Service and Extended Education and was later named Assistant to the Provost. After a short tenure as a consultant, Dr Ragon return to the classroom as Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator at Albany State University. At Albany State, Dr Ragon wrote the health education curriculum for the African country of Namibia. Wanting to get closer to family, Dr. Ragon took a teaching position with a poor, rural school in North Carolina where in his first year he was named “Teacher of the Year.” However, after serving only one year, Dr. Ragon was offered and accepted the position as Director of Health Education at Virginia Tech University. The department designs, develops, and implements programs to assist students in addressing a variety of health education issues, especially students working to overcome the tragedy of 4/16. Within 5 months, Virginia Tech Health Education received one of the largest contributions ever made to Student Affairs at the university. Dr Ragon became a part-time faculty member at Walden in 2007 and teaches in the School of Health Sciences with students working on their Ph.D. and M.P.H. in Public Health. He left administration at Virginia Tech to pursue other educational opportunities. Dr. Ragon has been with Walden for over 10 years and is a full-time professor in the Master of Public Health program.

Dr. Alan Seidman

Image of Alan SeidmanDr. Alan Seidman is Professor Emeritus in the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. He is also the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of College Student Retention ( The Center provides retention resources to individuals and educational institutions including the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, a Sage publication, which Dr. Seidman founded and edits. It is the only scholarly journal devoted exclusively to college student retention issues.

Dr. Seidman's book, Crossing the finish line: How to retain and graduate your students was recently published by Roman & Littlefield. His book College student retention: Formula for student success, 2nd edition was published by ACE/Roman & Littlefield in 2012. His book chapter, Minority student retention: Resources for practitioners in Minority retention: What works? was published in 2005 while his second book, Minority student retention: The best of the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice was published by Baywood Publishing Company, Inc in 2007. He has also published articles in scholarly journals in the area of retention and attrition, student services, enrollment management and has given presentations on these topics at local, state, regional, national and international conferences and presentations/workshops to college and university administrators, faculty and staff. Dr. Seidman appeared on Fox News Live Weekend to talk about college student retention.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Dr. Seidman is a member of the NH Judicial Council, appointed by the Governor of NH, confirmed by the Executive Council; was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and served as an Examiner, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) program; served as the NH Alternate to the Taxpayers Advocacy Panel, IRS, U.S. Department of the Treasury; has been a grant reader for the U.S. Department of Education, has been an Instructor Trainer, American Red Cross, and AARP Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program volunteer. Dr. Seidman is the recipient of the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service and the Walden University Richard W. Riley College of Education & Leadership Extraordinary Faculty award.

Dr. George Zangaro

Image of George ZangaroDr. George Zangaro, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Dean in the School of Nursing at Walden University. He previously served as the Director of the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis in the Bureau of Health Workforce at Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). He also served as the Director of the Office of Performance Measurement in the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) at HRSA where he led the development, implementation, and analysis of performance measures across more than 40 different activities. He was formerly the Branch Chief for Advanced Nursing Education in the Division of Nursing in the Bureau of Health Professions at HRSA. He was previously an Associate Professor and Director of Nursing Research at The Catholic University of America. He also served as the Program Director for the Health Services Leadership and Management Program in the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland Baltimore. In 2007, Dr. Zangaro retired from the Navy after 25 years of service. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Columbia Union College and his master’s and doctorate (PhD) in Nursing from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Dr. Zangaro’s major career focus has been on the development of the nursing workforce to specifically address the areas of recruitment, retention, and educational development of nurses. Dr. Zangaro has served as a principal investigator, associate investigator, and consultant on several funded research studies. He is an experienced researcher and educator with years of clinical experience. Expertise in systematic reviews and meta-analysis. He has been working at Walden University for 11 years.

Dr. Alberto Roldan-Lopez

Image of Dr Alberto Roldan LopezDr. Roldan lives in the Fort Lauderdale area, Florida, and was Chair of Graduate Studies and Professor of Management, Finance, and Education for the Latin Division at Keiser University located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He has over thirty years of military, professional, and education experience as he spent eight years in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, four years in healthcare as a Paramedic, EMS Director and instructor, seven years in management recruiting, and twelve years in Higher Education.

Dr. Roldan earned a Ph.D. from Capella University in Organization and Management with a specialization in Management Education, a Post-Doctoral Certification in Management (Finance) from Walden University, and an MBA and B.A. in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University (traditional classroom education).

He has published articles and presented at conferences in Management Education and has served as peer reviewer for the Academy of Management Journals and several Academic Conferences Proceedings. Serving as Dissertation Chair and SME for several dissertation committees at Keiser University’s Graduate School has been one of his most rewarding achievements thus far. Dr. Roldan enjoys playing music (different instruments), golf, and cooking. Finally, his latest community service includes being the founder of a Charity Organization dedicated to teaching music to adults within the Autism Spectrum.

Dr. Diane Whitehead

Image of Diane WhiteheadDiane Whitehead received her undergraduate nursing degree from Florida State University, her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami, and her doctorate in education from Florida International University. She holds a second doctorate, Doctor of Nursing Practice, from Walden University. She has been actively teaching and administering associate degree, bachelor and graduate nursing programs for many years. Dr. Whitehead has also published in the areas of nursing leadership and management and online nursing education. Dr. Whitehead has published three textbooks: Essentials of Nursing Leadership and Management has been used in nursing programs for over a decade. A second textbook, Leadership and the Advanced Practice Nurse was published in 2017 and Translating the Evidence for Health Promotion into Practice is currently in press. Dr. Whitehead is a Fellow in the Academy of Nurse Educators. Currently Dr. Whitehead serves as a full time faculty in the Walden University School of Nursing, teaching in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Dr. Arnie Witchel

Image of Dr Arnie WitchelDr. Arnie Witchel is President of Witchel & Associates, a firm that specializes in solutions for organizational development and training.  He holds a Doctorate in Business Administration/Management from the University of Sarasota a Master's Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Memphis. His prior professional background includes over twenty years’ experience in advertising and marketing. In the past, he has written articles for Electronic Media and has served as a panelist at professional broadcasting conventions. He also co-authored two books: How to Teach and Train Online and How to Learn Online. Dr. Witchel has a passion for leadership development, and he is an experienced trainer and speaker. He has worked with a number of firms, large and small, to help solve their training and instructional design needs, including The Walt Disney Company, Lockheed Martin, Pharmerica, the Veteran's Administration Hospitals, Teletech, and Pinnacle Entertainment. He is DDI and Achieve Global certified, as well as MBTI and DiSC certified. Dr. Witchel lives in Ft. Myers, Florida, with Bonnie, his wife of 35 years.

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