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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


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


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


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 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


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 May 3, 2017 6:05:58 PM

Dr. Betty Cappelletti will walk across the stage as a graduate of Trident’s Ph.D. in Health Sciences program in July. This will be the third degree she has earned from Trident – one of only nine such alumni to hold this distinction.

Currently residing in Orange County, CA, Dr. Cappelletti keeps herself busy as the founder and director of Project A-Pulse®, a high school motivational program for students who are interested in the health sciences or careers in medicine. It’s a perfect setup for someone who is passionate about teaching and the field of health sciences.

Trident: Since you were a student at Trident, have you made moves upward in your career?
Dr. Betty Cappelletti: I am currently seeking employment at the collegiate level as a professor in health sciences and research. I hope to go into research specifically in the area of ADD, ADHD, or Alzheimer’s disease.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Public Health, College of Health and Human Services, Alumni


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Mar 22, 2017 3:02:39 PM

Dr. Priscilla Okunji is a tenure track Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing & Allied Health Sciences at Howard University in Washington, DC. She earned a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Trident in 2010, and has been part of Howard’s faculty since then.

Since her graduation, she has become a distinguished academic researcher. Her latest research project, which commenced earlier this year, is to enhance the use of electronic records to better understand diabetes and cardiovascular disorders in minority populations. Additionally, she has been named a diversity scholar through the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS).  

Trident: Since you were a student at Trident, have you made moves upward in your career?
Dr. Priscilla Okunji: Yes, I advanced from Instructor to Coordinator of the RN-to-BSN track (2011-2016) and tenure track Assistant Professor (2013-present). I have been awarded external and internal grants focused on the use of big data to knowledge (BD2K) to better understand health disparities.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Student Success, Alumni


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 Daniel Sloan on Oct 17, 2016 2:32:15 PM

Dr. Alberto Llanes is a 2016 graduate of Trident’s Ph.D. in Business Administration program. He currently serves as the Chief Enterprise Architect for IRIS Health Solutions, LLC, supporting the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) as one of their two contractor Lead Enterprise Architects.

Trident: Since your time at Trident, have you made moves upward in your career? Or accomplished specific career goals?

Dr. Alberto Llanes: As a student at Trident my career progressed from chief technology officer of a small organization out of New York, through Lead Enterprise Architect at General Dynamics Information Technology, to Chief Enterprise Architect at IRIS Health Solutions, LLC. I’m better positioned to contribute to the betterment of our nation’s health system and have to give some of the credit to my learning at Trident University International. I am now a more disciplined critical thinker which has led to more career success.

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