Student Veterans: Classroom Role Models

Dr. Patti and I talk about adult learners returning to school. One group is the student veteran. According to one source, 74% of all undergraduate students are veterans, work full time, attend school part time, have dependents, and are a single caregivers.

By 2011, more than 924,000 veterans returned to college. These numbers will increase as more veterans return to a challenging job market. How can we help student veterans find academic success?

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Mentoring: A Two-Way Street

There’s an ancient proverb that says, When embarking on a journey, never ask directions from someone who has never left home. Dr. Bessie and I know that when you look for a mentor you want someone who has been on the dissertation journey so they can help you by sharing their experiences. Same is true when becoming a mentor for someone else. Continue reading “Mentoring: A Two-Way Street”

Practicing Your Craft

One of my takeaways from graduate school was that we learned to be scholar-practitioners. Dr. Patti and I continue to transition into our new roles: to conduct research and write as scholars. But the practitioner part is not an easy transition. This part requires an active, conscious effort to apply new knowledge to practice your craft.

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Why We Pay It Forward

There’s a Chinese saying that goes: If you want happiness for a lifetime, help the next generation. Dr. Patti and I call this paying it forward. As scholars, social entrepreneurs, and educators, we feel obligated to give back. It’s interesting that the realization to use education to give back didn’t really materialize until graduate school.

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