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Eric Riedel

Eric Riedel

Walden University

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Eric's work combines: Education, Technology, and Learning / Being Challenged

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Day In The Life

Chief Academic Officer

I assure the educational mission of the university.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Psychology, General

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

  • Graduate Degree

    Political Science and Government, General

    University of Minnesota

  • Doctorate

    Political Science and Government, General

    University of Minnesota

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Education Administrators, Postsecondary:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Psychology, General

Graduate Degree: Political Science and Government, General

Doctorate: Political Science and Government, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I pursued a doctorate in political science because I wanted to be a professor.

  • 2.

    I had gained experience with teaching and research in higher education.

  • 3.

    I went down a research path, in education generally and then higher education specifically.

  • 4.

    My work in research led me into university administration and quality improvement processes.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    What are you going to do with a doctorate in political science?

  • How I responded:

    There are many roles in higher education that may draw on your doctorate and allow you to do meaningful long-term work. Teaching and research are not exclusive to the faculty role and faculty themselves often shift to other positions during their lifetime. Colleagues who have graduated with a doctorate in political science have worked in a variety of fields outside of academia as well.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I did not have a strong financial base to attend college and graduate school. I used a combination of different sources including scholarships, loans, work, and tuition discounts. It helps to ask for help and shop around institutions.