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What to do while doing coursework
You might be reading the title of this post and thinking to yourself, “shouldn’t I be doing…coursework?” Well, yes, of course you should. Remember, though, that you should also be beginning with the end in mind: Stephen Covey’s advice works with the pursuit of...

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Do I need to know what I want to study before I start my program?
People have asked me many times whether they need to have a dissertation topic in mind before they begin their PhD/EdD program, and my answer is always the same. Yes. Yes you do. This may seem fatalistic: shouldn’t you take some classes and get more familiar with the field before you make...

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How do I decide where to get my degree, and how do I apply to the program?
So, you’ve decided that you want to get your advanced degree. That’s great! Where are you going to get it? Which program is the right program? Should you take classes inseat, online, or in some kind of combination? When should you start? How many classes should you take each semester?...

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The CTE's Terminal Degree: Do I want a PhD?
This is how it all begins, folks. Your life is humming along, you’re feeling good about where you are and what you’re doing, and then, one day, out of nowhere, this question pops into your head. Then, like that earworm song you heard on the radio while driving to work, it won’t go...

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Why Don't They Read the Text?
Recently, in one of those discussions with a colleague our simple hello quickly turned to students and how they aren’t reading the syllabus or texts.  With my doctoral classes still fresh in my mind, I reflected on how rarely I actually completed the readings myself.  It seems to be...

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The CTE’s Terminal Degree Series
Greetings, Colleagues, It’s that time of year again! You know, the time when you start wondering if you should go back to school one more time and get your PhD, EdD, DM, DBA, DNP…. Well, if you are wondering about that, but you aren’t sure what you need to do, or if...

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Academic Rank Promotion - Applications Due January 31
The titles of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and ultimately Full Professor, are considered a promotion of rank (including progression) in many universities.  While some institutions, like Davenport University, do not have 'tenured' positions, rank promotion is still...

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Honoring the Service of Dr. Martin Luther King
This year, 2019, is the first year that Davenport University has chosen to close it's campuses to honor the service  of Dr. Martin Luther King. DU is encouraging you to involve your students and colleagues in a "day on, not a day off" in observance of this holiday.  The...

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Academic Discourse
Maybe it is finding the right formula of day, time, topic, and group dynamic - but one thing is certain.  Our community of academics is growing and learning from one another!  I couldn't be more excited!  We have such a rich diversity of experiences and backgrounds amongst...

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Grading Leniency – Enabling or Helping?
  I believe I am an easy grader.  However, the leniency I am hoping to discuss is that of when or how to allow late work, absences, or to accept sub-standard work with a grade for ‘effort’.  My own self-reflection demands I consider whether by not holding students to...

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