Professor of Communication Studies, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
Dept: Office of Academic Affairs/Communication Studies
Office: Irvine 212
Degrees: Ph.D. in Speech Communication, Indiana University, 1997; Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, Inquiry Emphasis, Indiana University, 1992; Master of Arts in Speech Communication, Indiana University, 1991; Bachelor of Science, Speech Communication, University of Indianapolis, 1986.
Year appointed: 1999 (Communication Studies faculty); 2013 (Current position)
Dr. Walker, who joined Marietta College’s faculty in 1999, has served as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education since 2013.
Before joining the College’s Administration, Dr. Walker served as the Communication and Media Studies Department Chair from 2008-12, Assistant Dean of FYSE and Advising 2004-12 and Director of First Year Experience 2001-04. She served as faculty Parliamentarian from 2000-14.
Dr. Walker's research interests surround issues contributing to student success and retention including the impact of communication apprehension and learning communities. She leads institutional initiatives such as MAP-Works which focuses on student success and retention. She occasionally consults with other liberal arts colleges regarding the development of first year programs and teaches workshops on pedagogy for the first year classroom. When she has the opportunity she still enjoys teaching a variety of courses including Fundamentals of Oral Communication, Oral Interpretation, and Persuasion.