Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by truckie270, Aug 25, 2011.
Congratulations! .... and best wishes for the future.
Congratulations, friend. Associate professor is a big deal. One thing intrigues me, maybe someone is willing to enlighten me, but how is it possible for someone to earn a Ph.D online? I mean, I know it's been done and still in practice, but how can an online doctorate program be feasible or legitimate? It all seems highly peculiar to me.
I'm sure that Truckie will come back and reply as well, but since I hold an online doctorate and hold a tenure track position at a teaching university, I'd offer my perspectives.
I am an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Saint Francis (USF) in Fort Wayne, IN. This is the first year in my new position. Before coming to USF, I taught at Lac Courte Oreillies Ojibwa Community College (LCOOCC) for six years. At LCOOCC, I was the Chair of the Business and Technology Division, as well as the co-chair of the Steering Committee for LCOOCC's upcoming visit with the Higher Learning Commission.
Before LCOOCC, I held a variety of adjunct positions, both online and brick/mortar positions. I am a military veteran, retiring from the Army National Guard in August 2009. I also held managerial positions with increasing responsibility in my career.
I began doctoral studies with Capella University in April 2003, graduating with a PhD in Organization/Management in March 2010. My doctoral studies took longer than anticipated due to two LOA's, one for deployment to Iraq, and one for health reasons in my family. In reality, my studies took approximately five years.
My classes were completed using WebCT, with extensive writing for each course. I completed comprehensive exams (Four 30-page responses), and of course, the dissertation.
My committee consisted of three members:
Dr. Karen Minchella - Capella University
Dr. Marc Muchnick - Capella University
Dr. Paul Camacho - UMass Boston
While a doctoral candidate at Capella, I presented papers at the Inter-University Seminar of Armed Forces and Society Conference (IUSAFS), The Inter-University Seminar Canada Conference, and the American Sociological Association Conference. Since completing my doctoral studies, I have one article from my dissertation which has cleared the first round of review with The Qualitative Report; and I am presenting another paper from my dissertation next weekend in Chicago at IUSAFS. While at IUSAFS, I plan to meet some of my colleagues to explore some collaborative research.
Larry, I hope this helps with your question about online doctorates. Let me know if you have questions.
Congrats on the promotion! For those looking for advancement, do you have any tips besides hard work and dedication to move up in the workplace?
Marry the boss' son/daughter.mfg:
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