Elaine Alden, PhD
College of Business and Professional Studies
Dr. Elaine Alden is an Assistant Professor in Ashford University’s College of Business and Professional Studies. Her PhD in Social Policy from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK researched the connections between generational membership, work motivations, and the rewards of work. Her postdoctoral research was the first social policy fellowship to be awarded by Age UK, the British Government policy and advocacy group for issues concerning an aging population. Her research looked at flexible working, employment, and retirement support and maintaining work life balance for those over 50 and also touched upon perspectives of aging. Dr. Alden also holds an MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources Management from National University and a BA in Business Administration from Point Loma Nazarene University, both in San Diego, CA.
She has a wealth of experience in the area of work and employment, generations, and life course management. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Alden spent 15 years as an HR professional and consultant specializing in Global Reward Management, with her last role as Head of Global Reward at RCI/Cendant Corp in London. She has managed reward in the retail, travel services, IT (software), telecoms (hardware), food service, academic, and public services industries to all levels of employee and has worked in the US, UK, Scandinavia, Europe, Singapore, and the Middle East.
Before joining Ashford, Dr. Alden taught in the areas of Human Resource Management, Managing across Cultures, Reward Management, Government and Employer Policy, and Social Welfare Systems at both the University of Greenwich Business School in London and the University of Kent, School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research in Canterbury, England to 45 nationalities of students. She is a dual citizen of both the United States and Britain, and has lived in many countries due to her career and her upbringing in a US military family. "What I love about teaching is that it gives me the opportunity to support a student in acquiring knowledge and personal development through the process of obtaining a degree. Education is a wonderfully selfish gift to yourself – it is one of the few things in life which can't be taken away from you – you own it, you earn it, it's yours. To feel that kind of personal ownership is so rare, and it is an honor to be a part of that process with the students at Ashford University." Students can find her on Academia.edu, Twitter, and LinkedIn, the former being where she manages a popular group called Contemporary Issues of Work.