Non-traditional route to full-time professorship

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by chrisjm18, Feb 3, 2020.

  1. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    It would have to.

    Even then, both inductive and deductive approaches are available.

    Deductively, one could either (a) test an existing theory that would be applied to these circumstances and tested. I would probably use interviews of people who have successfully made this journey...and those who have not. The goal would be to see if the theory being tested is valid here and explains how people make this transition. I don't know of an extant theory; that's what a literature review should uncover.

    Inductively, one could plunge into the data and develop a grounded theory that explains the phenomenon. Again, that is if it is a "thing" and a theory explaining can emerge. Again, interviews, but also any other extant data available, including interviews with university officials who make such decisions.

    Such a study could make original contributions to scholarship in a couple of different fields--higher education and human capital management come to mind. I could easily see it becoming a doctoral thesis. However, it's been my observation that doctoral committees are sometimes hostile to doing inductive studies because of their somewhat limitless nature. They like deductive studies--grab a theory, write some hypotheses, test them, and write it up.

    That would be the scholarly approach, appropriate for a PhD. Another approach would be a professional doctoral program and do a thesis that elides theory buy explains the practice itself. Less rigorous, but perhaps more useful. This would be appropriate for an EdD or DBA.
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  2. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Rich. This is very helpful!
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    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

  4. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Seem like she earned all her degrees online.

    Anita Borja Enriquez
    , Senior Vice President and Provost
    • A.A., Computer Studies, University of Maryland University College
    • B.S., Management, University of Maryland University College
    • MBA, University of Guam
    • DBA, International Business, Alliant International University (Calif.)
  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Not so sure. The MBA might be on campus, and UMUC/UMGC degrees are pretty popular with military types, and don't they offer classroom-based instruction on bases?
  6. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    You're probably right. She earned all her degrees before online learning was prevalent (B.S., 1987; MBA, 1992; DBA, 1995). I know UMGC offers courses in person, several locations in the U.S., and globally. Even though she may not have earned them online, she earned them non-traditionally.
  7. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Not sure how one can have a DBA from Alliant International that was earned in 1995. Alliant didn't come into being until 2001. Before then, the school that would award such a degree would have been US International University. USIU merged with the California School of Professional Psychology to form Alliant.

    This subject is an old debate. Do you use the name of the school at the time you graduated, or do you use the new name? I think it boils down to whether or not the distinction makes a material difference. If you graduated from Ashford University, but now tell people you graduated from the University of Arizona, I think that is a material difference and you shouldn't do it. But the move from USIU to Alliant was pretty seamless and not much changed on the USIU side.

    Although I graduated from the USNY Regents External Degree Program and my degrees were awarded by USNY, I don't now list them as being from Excelsior College. But I wouldn't be concerned if someone else did. A distinction without a difference.
  8. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Her LinkedIn lists United States International University for her DBA. I also saw people using Purdue University Global though they graduated from Kaplan. For me, I would probably list XYZ University (formerly ABC College) on my resume/CV.
  9. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    As I mentioned, there is no material difference between USIU and Alliance, so I'd be good with either one.

    There is a huge difference here, and I find doing that to be deceptive.
    This is honest and accurate, but I don't know if it will be effective. Will it raise questions? If so, it might be better just to go with the original name. If not, accuracy is good, as long as you don't leave the impression you graduated from a more prestigious school than you did.
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