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3 WAYS FOR DOCTORATES TO PURSUE A CAREER OUTSIDE OF ACADEMIA

Posted by Joseph Chan on Jan 31, 2018 5:43:57 PM

Adobe Spark-11-129797-edited.jpgAs graduation day approaches, most doctoral candidates are contemplating their future career paths. While traditional academic positions may be enticing to many of these individuals, this is not the only route for doctoral holders.

Here are some effective tips for pursuing a career outside of academia with a doctorate.

Transferable Skills
Doctoral students gain a lot of transferable skills. These include the ability to work with teams of diverse individuals, demonstrating strong critical thinking and analytical skills, and advanced communication and presentation abilities. It is important to tailor and highlight the skill set most relevant to the position one is seeking. For example, familiarity with research software is also important for non-academic positions, especially with the growing corporate focus on big data.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, College of Education, Careers, Doctoral Program Tips, Student Resources

3 STUMBLING BLOCKS TO RECEIVING YOUR DOCTORAL DEGREE

Posted by Jeffery Davis on Jan 26, 2018 7:13:44 AM

Adobe Spark-9.jpgMany people dream of earning a doctoral degree, but the number of those who accomplish this is small. The path to graduation is challenging – just 4% of adults in the U.S. hold a doctoral degree.

To succeed at this level, you don’t just have to be smart, driven, and determined, you need to be ready for everything life throws at you. By avoiding these stumbling blocks, you can be among the group that is proudly called “doctor” and earn your walk across the stage at graduation.

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Topics: Study Tips, Doctoral Program Tips, Doctoral Degrees, Student Resources

DISSERTATION, SUPPORT, AND WORK LOAD: 3 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR A DOCTORAL PROGRAM

Posted by Joseph Chan on Jan 23, 2018 6:37:03 PM

IMG_3393.jpgMost people who are considering a doctoral program have a long list of questions they want answered, such as the quality of faculty and the relevancy and difficulty level of the curriculum. Questions like these have clear answers that are readily available on a school’s website or through conversations with a program’s director.     

On the other hand, answers to other questions – which often are equally important – can be a bit harder to obtain. Here are three more things aspiring doctoral students should be sure to look into.

Adapting the dissertation topic
What schools do not often tell students is that dissertation topics will change - a lot. When analyzing the novelty of a study, one must keep adjusting variables and measurements to best align the study with its objective and theoretical frameworks. This is a time-consuming process and the dissertation topic one initially intends on doing will likely be changed several times to meet the needs of the dissertation requirements.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Online Learning, Study Tips, Doctoral Program Tips, New Students, dissertation

PH.D. GRADUATE DISCUSSES THE IMPACT OF HEALTHY LUNCH PROGRAMS

Posted by Daniel Sloan on Jan 22, 2018 2:00:00 AM

Adobe Spark-8.jpgA recent Trident doctoral graduate, seasoned professional educator Dr. Cris Ritenour presented her dissertation research and findings during the Culture of Research and Education (CORE) webinar, “Student Health: Before and After the 'Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”

Passionate about personal health, fitness, and teaching, these three interests conveniently transected into Dr. Ritenour’s dissertation. After her presentation, we talked to her further about how she came to choose this topic and what’s next for her scholarly research.

Trident: You've researched subject matter that impacts a large percentage of the country's population. How did you come to choose this as your dissertation topic? And why are you passionate about this subject matter?

Dr. Cris Ritenour: My interest in fitness and wellness began as a young gymnast who desired to take the best possible care of her body.  This passion for exercise and nutrition then continued through adulthood and lead me to my current profession as a Health and Physical Educator.

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Topics: Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Public Health, Doctoral Degrees, Academic Publishing, dissertation

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE QUALIFYING EXAM IN YOUR PH.D. PROGRAM

Posted by Joseph Chan on Jan 16, 2018 4:01:14 PM

Adobe Spark-7.jpgIn Trident’s Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program, preparing for the qualifying exam requires a great deal of planning. Passing the exam is a prerequisite for advancing into the dissertation phase. The exam itself is comprised of different concepts including research methodology and theoretical frameworks, the population in the study and variables, as well as the novelty in the study as it pertains to the research questions. Students will choose whether their study will be quantitative or qualitative in nature.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, College of Education, Study Tips, Doctoral Program Tips, Doctoral Degrees

ADVICE FOR A SUCCESSFUL CIVILIAN TRANSITION

Posted by Manny Sepulveda on Jan 12, 2018 10:08:11 AM

IMG_9224.jpgThe transition from military to civilian life can seem like stepping into a different world. If you’ve been a service member for decades, leaving the Armed Forces may raise a lot of questions – especially when it comes to your career.

I know exactly how you’re feeling – I felt the same way when I decided to retire from the Navy. Hanging up my uniform may have been tough, but preparing well before my separation date made the transition easier.

Here is my advice for a successful transition:

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Topics: Military, Networking, Careers, Military to Civilian Transition

PROFILES IN SUCCESS: DR. AARON MAIKE

Posted by Daniel Sloan on Dec 13, 2017 6:00:00 AM

The motivation for obtaining a degree varies from person to person, but one of the keys to being a successful student is to know and understand that motivation. Upon starting his doctoral studies at Trident, Dr. Aaron Maike was already a president at Baker College’s Allen Park campus, and then its Owosso campus.

In his journey to completing a Ph.D. in Business Administration not only did Dr. Maike accrue increased professional responsibilities and learn how to do his job better, he was able to set a positive example for one of the most important audiences of all. 

Trident: Since you were a student at Trident, have you made moves upward in your career?

Dr. Aaron Maike: I am currently the President of Baker College’s Muskegon (Michigan) campus. When I started the Ph.D. program, I was the President at the Allen Park campus, a commuter campus near Detroit.

I was asked to lead the Owosso campus in 2014 during the dissertation phase of the program. The Owosso campus has one of two Baker College branded programs ADI (The Auto/Diesel Institute). The campus also has a significant residence hall population. During my time in Owosso we created a strategic plan for ADI and transitioned the program into a cohort model.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Business Adminstration, Doctoral Degrees, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Alumni

WHY SHOULD YOU PURSUE A DOCTORAL DEGREE?

Posted by Jeffery Davis on Dec 11, 2017 7:00:22 PM

Are you ready to join the 2%?

Pursuing a doctoral degree is a major undertaking. It involves careful planning, hard work, and making a commitment to the time it takes to complete a rigorous program.

It is not for the faint of heart. Most of the students who decide to pursue a degree at this level are already well into their careers and have families and responsibilities that leave them with a limited amount of free time. Enrolling in a program that requires an additional 15-20 hours of work per week of time is a major undertaking – but many make it work, and the rewards are often great.

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5 TIPS FOR A GOOD TEACHER MENTORING PROGRAM

Posted by Cindy Wiley on Nov 28, 2017 1:51:02 PM

Dr. Shehnaz Khalfan-Washington, who earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Trident from 2017, was startled to learn that 30% of K-12 teachers leave the profession by the end of their first year, and that 40% to 50% of teachers leave the profession within the first five years. She presented research on the subject in a recent Trident CORE webinar.

As a mentor herself, she wondered if and how teacher mentoring programs could help reduce the rate of teacher turnover. In her study, Dr. Khalfan-Washington interviewed 15 participants (mentees) that have been teaching between one and three years.

Although the participants felt that there is ample support and professional development opportunities for teachers, their experiences with mentoring programs was ineffective.

Based on feedback from the participants in Dr. Khalfan-Washington’s study, here are 5 tips for creating an effective mentoring program:

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Topics: College of Education, EdD Degrees, Doctoral Degrees

PH.D. OR ED.D.: WHICH DEGREE FITS YOUR CAREER GOALS

Posted by Jeffery Davis on Nov 10, 2017 1:00:36 PM

One of the most frequently asked questions from aspiring doctoral students is, “What is the difference between a Ph.D. program and a practitioner-based doctoral program like a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)?”

Knowing the differences between these two doctoral degrees will help prospective students make the best educational decision for their career goals. If a student is interested in higher education academics or scholarly research, a Ph.D. program will likely be the right fit. Those who are interested in executive management, administration, or consulting should consider a practitioner-based program.

Here are the objectives of both types of doctoral programs in education:

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Topics: PhD Degrees, College of Education, EdD Degrees, Doctoral Program Tips, Doctoral Degrees