Dr. Elaine L Alden
Dr. Alden has a wealth of experience in the area of work and employment, generations and life course management. Her PhD in Social Policy from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK researched the connections between generational membership, work motivations, and the rewards of work. Her Post Doctoral research (also at the University of Kent) was the first social policy fellowship to be awarded by Age UK, the British Government policy and advocacy group for issues concerning an aging population. Her research looked at flexible working, employment and retirement support and maintaining work life balance for those over 50 and also touched upon perspectives of aging – younger workers vs. older. Dr. Alden also holds an MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources Management from National University and a BA in Business Administration from Point Loma Nazarene University, both in San Diego, CA.
Before becoming an Assistant Professor at Ashford University, she taught at both the University of Greenwich Business School in London and the University of Kent, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research in Canterbury, England to all levels and types of students and 45 different nationalities. She taught in the areas of Human Resource Management, Managing across Cultures, Reward Management, Government and Employer Policy and Social Welfare Systems.
Prior to her academic career, Dr. Alden spent 15 years as an HR professional and consultant specializing in Global Reward Management, with her last role as Head of Global Reward at RCI, Wyndham Worldwide in London. Dr. Alden is a dual citizen (US/Britain) and has lived in many countries and experienced many cultures due to her career and her upbringing in a US military family.
Presenter for the Following Session
- Establishing Teacher Presence in the Online Environment: Guidance of Best Practice
The interactive forum will share guidance on research recently completed at Ashford University. The purpose of the research was to obtain a best practice view of strategies for establishing exceptional teacher presence in the online classroom, taking into consideration the cultural evolution of online instruction, recent technology developments, a focus on continuous quality improvement, and inspirational instructor creativity used to enhance critical thinking and exceed student learning objectives. Of key interest were inspired interventions on the part of the instructor with the goal of being ‘seen’, and enhancing student success through building more effective and accessible relationships with online students.