What I Learned From My ESL Students

Last summer I taught my first class. The regular teacher wanted the summer off and the academic writing class fell in my lap.

That was fine with me – it was a good fit because I finished my doctorate and scholarly writing was fresh in my mind. The challenge was to teach academic writing to adult ESL students.

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Benefits of A Doctoral Degree

It’s a great feeling to earn a doctoral degree of any kind – PhD, DBA, DNP, DVM, DSW. Yes, it’s a great feeling for sure. Just think – you can call yourself ‘doctor’, add a new set of letters to your business card, and update your LinkedIn profile with a new title. But what are the real benefits of a doctoral degree in your next career?

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Smart Moves and Career Choices

May and June is the graduation season for many colleges and universities. It’s a time for new graduates to look ahead to career options, time off, or preparation for graduate school. How you apply your education is up to you.

Dr. Patti Mason and I believe in getting the maximum value for the time, money, and energy we spent in school. But we realize that education is not for everyone. If you’re  in career transition mode, here’s a look at some smart moves and career choices for graduate students in any discipline.

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Education: Inspiration On The Road

As our regular readers know, Dr. Patti Mason and I are alumni from Walden University. Dr. Patti earned her Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) specializing in leadership and social change from the School of Management. I earned my PhD in public policy specializing in policy analysis, sustainable communities, and public management and leadership from the School of Public Policy and Administration.

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PhD Survival Strategies 101

Looking back, it’s easy to wonder how I survived my PhD journey. Survival is the key word. Working on your doctorate is not like a hobby that’s relaxing and fun. It’s not like a calling or purpose in your life, something that you just have to do. And it’s certainly not a task that you do on a whim or a dare.

When you decide to get a doctorate, it’s one of those things in life that requires what? All of the above? Out of curiosity, I went online to survey other survival strategies for the dissertation process…

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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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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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