Who We Are
Dr. Sheldon Walcher, PhD
With over 20 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education, Sheldon has been a proven academic leader across a diverse range of institution types and settings. He has extensive curriculum development and design experience and a longstanding commitment to pedagogical innovation, particularly in support of student retention and success. Holding both an academic PhD and a MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy, Sheldon has specific consulting interests in improving online and blended learning environments; accreditation and assessment, including program and Institutional review; values articulation, strategic planning, and goal setting; enhancing connections between faculty, administration, and staff; aligning student services and academic affairs; and supervising and evaluating personnel. He is a skilled problem-solver and empathic and insightful listener, able to balance the needs of diverse stakeholders in complex situations. Equally comfortable with quantitative and qualitative analyses, Sheldon offers outstanding critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills to produce lasting change.
For more details about Sheldon’s experiences as a teacher and college administrator, visit his online portfolio at sheldonwalcherportfolio.com.
Dr. Nicole Matos, PhD
Nicole has enjoyed an almost 20-year career in American higher education as a professor, administrator, commentator, and consultant. A former community college student herself, she is currently Professor of English at the College of DuPage in suburban Chicago and a specialist in the community college sector. With repeated credits in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed and Pedagogy Unbound, and as a former Community Colleges columnist for The Chronicle’s Vitae, she is widely published on such topics as best practices in developmental education, improving online and blended instruction, and healing relationships between administrators and faculty.
In recent years, she has primarily focused on the guided pathways movement, including leadership coaching, faculty engagement, and the “4th pillar” of pathways teaching and learning. She has served as the Lead Faculty Facilitator for the Pathways Project at the College of DuPage, been a guided pathways speaker and workshop facilitator for NISOD, the Michigan Center for Student Success, and the Oregon Community College Association, and is co-author of a forthcoming set of institutional case studies with the Community College Research Center. She is available as a speaker, coach, and consultant both independently and under the auspices of the Pathways Collaborative, currently coordinated by Achieving the Dream.