Duquesne University

Duquesne University Names New Education Dean

PITTSBURGH, PA — March 2, 2016

Dr. Cindy M. Walker has been named dean of the Duquesne University School of Education effective Monday, Aug. 1. She will succeed Dr. Olga Welch, who is retiring after serving as dean of education since 2005.

“Dr. Walker is a perfect fit for what we need in our School of Education,” said Duquesne University President Charles J. Dougherty. “I predict she will be a great success, building on the achievements of Dean Olga Welch.”

Walker, a professor of educational psychology in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has served as the school’s associate dean of research and engaged scholarship since 2012.

“I am very excited to embark on this new journey in my life at Duquesne University. Everyone that I met during my campus visit clearly embraced the social justice values that underlie the Spiritan mission,” said Walker. “While these values are what prompted me to apply for the position, the way in which everyone I met exemplified those values—coupled with the quality of the programs, students, staff and faculty in the School of Education—is what made me decide that Duquesne was where I wanted to be.”

Walker previously held positions at several academic institutions, including the University of Washington, Illinois State University and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she was presented with the College of Education’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013.