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Posted by Daniel Sloan on Feb 26, 2018 1:00:00 AM

Trident students enter their respective programs with a wide array of professional experiences, representing almost every industry and function area. This diversity of perspectives creates daily learning opportunities for both students and professors. 

What makes Dr. Dena Breece, a 2017 Ph.D. in Business Administration graduate, unique is that her professional background is one that her instructors understood very well. Dr. Breece entered the program as a college educator, and by the time she graduated, she was a full-time faculty member and business school department chair.  

For all of these educators – Dr. Breece, her dissertation committee, and her instructors – this was another learning opportunity.

Read to see how her learning opportunity at Trident helped her to achieve career success.

Trident: What is your current professional position?

Dr. Dena Breece: I am the department chair of accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship, and management, as well as, an assistant accounting professor at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. 

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Doctoral Degrees, Student Success, Glenn R. Jones College of Business


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


Posted by Cindy Wiley on Oct 20, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Organizations recognize that skilled employees are their most valuable asset. They spend countless dollars on recruiting the right employee to fill their needs then, a short time later, the employee leaves to seek employment elsewhere.

Dr. Gary Covella, Trident Ph.D. in Business Administration alumnus (2017), titled his dissertation “Person-Job Fit and Person-Organization Fit Influence on Turnover Intention: A Mixed Model Approach.” This research study explores correlations between employee fit and whether firms have the capability to affect an employee’s intention to leave.

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Topics: Business Adminstration, Doctoral Program Tips, Doctoral Degrees, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Alumni, Academic Publishing


Posted by Cindy Wiley on Aug 28, 2017 5:24:24 PM

Getting published in a reputable, high-impact academic journal is imperative for an academic job candidate. If you’re not published, you simply won’t be competitive compared to candidates who have had several published papers.

It is important that you find the right journal for your dissertation. Familiarize yourself with the requirements of each specific journal and prepare your paper accordingly. Make sure you know the scope of the journal, the subject, the structure, and the citation format. The same is true if you are preparing a paper for presentation at a conference.

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Topics: Scholarly Research, Webinars, Doctoral Degrees, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Academic Publishing


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Jun 30, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Educators have the ability to influence students in a variety of different ways. Some are trusted mentors, others can be a stand-in for a parent, while some become that one person a student can talk to about anything.

Dr. Peggy Swigart, Department Chair in Trident’s Glenn R. Jones College of Business, knows this all too well. Educators were there for her when she needed them the most. While in high school, Dr. Swigart lost both of her parents, putting her in a position to grow up a little faster than she had planned.

Educators were a stabilizing influence for her, including a high school guidance counselor, an undergraduate history professor, and a dean during graduate school. They were people who knew her well, understood her journey, and helped to mold her into the educator that she is today.

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Topics: Faculty, Business Adminstration, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Human Resources Management


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Jun 28, 2017 7:20:10 AM

Graduates of Trident’s Ph.D. programs are trained to become independent researchers. As students work towards the completion of their dissertation, they collaborate closely with University faculty who help to guide the development of research skills.

A goal of many graduates is not just to successfully defend their dissertation, but also to see it published in an academic journal. Research that is published in a peer-reviewed journal is a formal recognition of a scholar’s contribution to the public body of knowledge for his or her chosen field.

Not all journals are created equal. Students and alumni alike should be aware of the types of journals out there – many are quite good and can be great CV-builders, while there are some that need to be avoided.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Faculty, Doctoral Program Tips, Doctoral Degrees, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Academic Publishing


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Feb 23, 2017 4:36:58 AM

Dr. Vincent Havrilko is an Air Force civilian serving the 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 366th Mission Support Group, 366th Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command at Mountain Home AFB in Idaho. He served for 22 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant.  

Dr. Havrilko completed a Ph.D. in Business Administration at Trident, as well as degrees at the master’s and bachelor’s levels. He is one of only nine alumni to have earned a degree at each program level from Trident.
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Topics: PhD Degrees, Business Adminstration, Military, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Military to Civilian Transition


Posted by Cindy Wiley on Feb 15, 2017 12:17:22 PM

Organizational politics, according to, “is the process of using an informal network to gain power and accomplish tasks to meet a person's wants or needs. Organizational politics may be a positive practice when the greater good of the company is affected. However, it can also be negative when people promote self-interests.”

We have all been affected by organizational politics in the workplace. While they can sometimes make work life challenging, using these informal networks can be very beneficial to you and your team.

Here are some positive ways to make organizational politics work for you.

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Topics: Career Services, Networking, Careers, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Organizational Politics


Posted by Steve Richards, Trident Alumnus on Jan 27, 2017 11:07:44 AM

Trident helped me to fulfill my educational goals and dreams, teaching me that if I plot my goals and take things in stride I will accomplish anything. I’ve also strengthened my professional skills, which helps me to understand better what coworkers expect and how to work as a team.

Thanks to my time at Trident, I’ve improved my interpersonal skills, have become more self-aware, and have become more empathic towards others. I’ve been able to develop leadership skills so I can empower others, allowing me to put the needs of the group ahead of my own.

At first, keeping up with my education was a challenge. As I moved to different military installations, I would often lose credits enrolling in courses at different schools. It was hard not to think I was going nowhere fast, but things changed after I enrolled at Trident and worked with its faculty.

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Topics: Military, Bachelor's Degrees, Careers, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Alumni


Posted by Cindy Wiley on Nov 21, 2016 7:55:31 AM

Congratulations! You’ve interviewed for a great position, impressed the employer with your experience and knowledge, and now you are the primary candidate! The offer is on its way. Are you ready to negotiate?

It is important to maintain soft control upon receiving an offer. It’s good to be happy and excited about the opportunity, but don’t rush into a “yes” answer. Be completely sure you are not leaving something on the table.

A compensation package is a combination of salary, benefits, and perks. All of this is negotiable.

Here are the 5 components of the negotiation process and some tips for each one:

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Topics: Career Services, Webinars, Careers, Glenn R. Jones College of Business, Alumni