How this site is organized
I have organized this site to reflect the three pillars of a professor’s work: teaching, inquiry & research, and service & leadership. Each section has artifacts that showcase my development and expertise in these areas, as well as reflective commentary. I have also included an introduction section containing my curriculum vitae, domain list, and transcripts. Finally, although my portfolio includes artifacts that highlight my expertise I view my portfolio and my development as a work-in-progress. There is always more to learn and areas in which to improve.
*** This portfolio originally came into existence as a requirement to ascenscion to Doctoral Candidacy in the Educational Psychology Ph.D. program at Oklahoma State University.
Biographical statement: Austin T. Walden, PhD, CFI/CFII/MEI, is an Assistant Professor in Aviation Sciences Technology in the College of Engineering, Aviation, and Public Service at Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, OK. In May 2018, he submitted his dissertation entitled Predicting Grit Using Social Achievement Goals in an Aviation Education Environment.
Austin holds degrees in History, Public Administration & Leadership, and Educational Psychology. He holds a doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Psychology with a cognate in Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics (REMS), and Aviation and Space Education (AVED) from Oklahoma State University in the College of Education, Health & Aviation.
He has taught courses in Aviation Sciences, Educational Psychology, Psychology, and Political Science/Government for a variety of institutions including Texas Tech University, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa Community College, and South Plains College. Outside of higher education, he is also an accomplished commercially rated pilot and certificated flight instructor.
His primary research interests revolve around predicting perseverance in aviation students using social achievement goals and related constructs. He presents frequently at conferences and is an active researcher. He currently serves as a reviewer for aviation research journals.