Author Profile

Walter Pearson | Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Loyola University-Chicago

Current Position and Past Experience
Since 2013, Walter Pearson has been the Dean for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Loyola University-Chicago. Prior to this, Pearson served as the Dean of the School for Professional and Continuing Education at Lewis University. This followed his two years as the Dean of the New College at St. Edward’s University. This came on the heels of his time as the Associate Academic Dean of Simpson College, where he spent 14 years. During his time at Simpson College, Pearson concurrently served as an Adjunct Faculty member for the National Labor College. Pearson’s first position as a higher education administrator was as the Director of the University of Missouri—Kansas City, where he developed the Institute for Labor Studies.

Pearson has also worked with the Service Employees International Union and the United Farm Workers. In the consultancy field, Pearson has conducted program reviews at numerous major colleges, universities and workplaces.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Pearson earned his BA in Labor Studies from Antioch University in 1984. In 1986 he earned his MA in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Missouri—Kansas City. In 2000, Pearson earned his PhD in Adult and Extension Studies from Iowa State University.

Pearson earned the ACHE’s Outstanding Credit Program award in 2005 and 2010.