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N. Jean Walker

Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice

N. Jean Walker


B.S., Kent State University, 1975;
M. Ed., Georgia State University, 1989;
Ed.S., Georgia State University 1996;
Ph.D., Mercer University, 2009


Dr. Navella Jean Walker is an assistant professor of clinical practice in the Educational Leadership Department at the Tift College of Education at Mercer University. She is the coordinator of and advisor for the Tier I and Tier II Educational Leadership Certification programs and teaches many of the courses in the programs. She has held several leadership roles with Gwinnett County Public Schools. She served as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, area superintendent/executive director for school improvement, principal and assistant principal.  She also served as an elementary school teacher in DeKalb County and in Warren, Ohio. Upon retiring from Gwinnett County Schools in 2010, she served as the Vice President of United Way of Greater Atlanta until 2013. Dr. Walker joined the Tift College of Education’s Educational Leadership Department in 2014.


Dr. Walker teaches courses in the Tier I and II Educational Leadership program. These courses include school management, leadership in today’s schools, instructional leadership and supervision, action research for school leaders, leadership theory, curriculum development and assessment and evaluation.


Her research interests include educational leadership, leadership development and training for school and district level leaders, leading change, instructional leadership, effective leadership for low-performing schools, effective process for improving principal preparation programs, and executive coaching for school leaders. Dr. Walker also enjoys speaking engagements that afford her the opportunity to inspire and teach aspiring and practicing leaders how to develop their leadership capacity.


Walker, N.J. & Larde, P. (2019). Presented the Reverse Domino Effect: How to Nurture Activism a Positive Affect in Students Overcoming Trauma. Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

Walker, N.J. & Larde, P. (2019). Presented the Mindful Educator: Self: Coaching and Mindfulness Techniques that Improve Personal Health and School Culture for the Greater Effectiveness at Work. GATES Conference. Cordele, Georgia

Walker, N.J. & Larde, P. (2018). Presented the Reverse Domino Effect. Critical Questions in Education Symposium. Savannah, Georgia

Walker, N.J. & Berry, J. (2018). Presented the Quality Measures Orientation to Georgia Universities at the GaPSC Drive in conference. Middle Georgia College, Macon, Georgia.


Education recruiter for the Tier I and II Educational Leadership Certification Programs. This includes scheduling information meetings and presentations to district partners and their employees about the Tift College of Education programs. Michael Clayton, associate director of graduate admissions partners with Dr. Walker on these efforts.

Dr. Walker has served on the Grades Appeal and Library and Technology Committees. Currently, she serves on the By-Laws and Faculty Executive Committees.

For the past 4 years, Dr. Walker has been a member of the Georgia Educational Leadership Faculty Committee. She also has been the Mercer University representative on the Metro Regional Education Services Agency board since 2018. Since 2017, she has served on several leadership committees for the Georgia PSC.

Dr. Walker has been a member of the Mercer Dominican Republic team that travel to DR 3-4 times a year to assist the leaders of 2 private schools and 2 public schools in improving their instructional leadership skills to better support teacher growth and increase student learning. She also serves as executive coach to the director of the School of Education and the director of Graduate Studies in Education at the University of East Central Dominican Republic. She has also presented professional development to the professors in the School of Education in the areas of effective lesson preparation, instructional strategies and formative assessment.  This work is sponsored by the McDonald Center for the Advancement of Global Education.

Dr. Walker serves as a co-facilitator for the Education Development Center to assist universities through the Quality Measures Self-Assessment process to improve their principal preparation programs. She has worked with principal preparation program professors in Kentucky, Virginia and Georgia.