Jennifer Ryan

Photo of Katrina Washington with text 'Congratulations Katrina Washington, PhD' with image of GEDI logo.

Katrina Washington has earned her doctorate degree in adult education within the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology at Auburn University. Dr. Washington will officially be awarded her diploma at the graduation ceremony held on May 7 in Neville Arena.

Washington joined the Government & Economic Development Institute (GEDI) team in 2017 and serves as a Human Resources Consultant. In this role, she provides services and support to local governments in the areas of job descriptions, classification plans, pay plans, performance management, organizational analysis, and policies and procedures. In addition, her responsibilities include performing quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Katrina frequently authors and co-authors articles to contribute to literature. She also serves as an instructional designer, develops, and implements training program curriculum and materials, and serves as an instructor for various training programs.

“GEDI is fortunate to have Dr. Washington as a member of our team. Earning her PhD is a testament to her work ethic and commitment to education. Her pursuit of excellence is directly reflected in this professional achievement. Our entire team and the civic officials we serve across the great State of Alabama will greatly benefit from her continued expertise,” said Jeremy Arthur, GEDI Director.

Washington received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Public Administration degree from Auburn University at Montgomery. She began her PhD coursework in August of 2018 while continuing her regular work schedule and attending courses in the evening. When COVID-19 impacted the university, Washington transitioned to online coursework and continued working on her dissertation, “Examining the Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence, Job Performance, Job Satisfaction, and Employee Engagement among Workforce Educators”.

Dr. Washington resides in Montgomery with her husband and four children. The Washington family will be celebrating three graduations in May. Along with Dr. Washington’s accomplishment, her eldest son is earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, and another son will receive a high school diploma.

Last Updated: April 21, 2022