Retia Scott Walker has been an educator for more than 40 years. She taught home economics for five years and administered adult, career and continuing education programs for twelve years in the New York City School District. Dr. Walker began her career in higher education as an assistant professor at Texas Woman’s University in the College of Education Graduate Program followed by eleven years as faculty and Department Chair in Human Ecology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (1983-1994). From August 1994 to 2005, she served as Dean and professor in the College of Human Environmental Sciences and later as Vice President for Academic Outreach and Public Service at the University of Kentucky. She retired in the fall of 2005 and continued working as an educational consultant. Dr. Walker returned to UMES in September 2011 to serve as Executive Assistant to the President and was later appointed Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She returned to retirement and consulting in June 2013. Her Research Emphasis is Gerontology…. older African-Americans, rural elders, older women, and inter-generational issues. Dr. Walker has published and presented many scientific papers on these issues at national and international professional meetings. She has been the principal investigator for funded research projects and director for education and training programs that exceeded $3.5 million. She studied aging in Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands; and women’s development issues in Egypt. While at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, she provided leadership for the 1890 Regional Research Project on Aging. She also directed a research and community outreach partnership project funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development while at the University of Kentucky.
She is an active consultant on matters of strategic planning, academic program review, Title III funding, HUD partnerships and other matters having done consulting and review work for Coppin State University, the University of Kentucky, Alabama A&M University, San Diego State University, University of Kentucky Dental School, Western Kentucky University and Montclair State College.