Ohio Dominican University Recognizes Timothy Walker, Ph.D. with Booth Ferris Master Teacher Award

Tim Walker


Columbus, OH (43219) – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) has named Timothy Walker, Ph.D., the recipient of the Booth Ferris Master Teacher Award. He will receive financial assistance from the university to enhance the learning experience for students during the 2013 calendar year. 

Dr. Walker is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems and has been a faculty member since 2001. 

In his application for the award, Dr. Walker proposed a project that “integrates curricular, scholarly and service elements” to further enhance the music program at ODU. His proposal includes offering new courses, conducting research in collaboration with students and attending upcoming conferences in his discipline. 

“I am very excited about the opportunities the Booth Ferris Master Teacher Award provide me, as well as students at Ohio Dominican University,” Dr. Walker said. “I plan to create a course which broadly introduces students to the fundamental principles of musical structure. This should be attractive to our many students who have a strong interest in music and wish to understand more about how it is constructed. My goal is to involve students in as many ways as possible during the upcoming year.” 

Dr. Walker’s research interests include the quantitative study of music performance, mathematical and statistical modeling, neural networks and computer modeling of cognitive processes. His projects utilize a combination of disciplines, including computer programming, statistical analysis, music theory and cognitive science. 

“My research interests in computational music have already included undergraduate participation,” Dr. Walker said. “I am thankful that the Booth Ferris Master Teacher Award will provide an opportunity to develop these efforts further and share the work of our faculty and students with the community at large.” 

Dr. Walker received a double major in physics and psychology from Carnegie Mellon. He conducted his graduate work and earned his doctorate at The Ohio State University.  

The Booth-Ferris Master Teacher Award is given to faculty members who have taught at ODU for at least 10 years. The intended purpose of the award is to develop the capacity of a faculty member for innovative teaching in his or her discipline, which may entail skills building through conferences and workshops, academic research to enrich student learning or the development of projects for collaborative learning experiences. A faculty member must complete an application to be considered for the award. Recipients are selected based on criteria, including evidence of excellent teaching, student advising, professional development and community service. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.