Spotlight: Joel Lowsky, Ed.D. ‘17

Dr. Joel Lowsky, Ed.D. Graduate
We previously interviewed Joel Lowsky, Ed.D. ‘17, about his career, his research, and his plans for the future – here’s an update on what he’s up to, how he is using his Ed.D. in his work, and how his Ed.D. has helped him with career advancement. Do you want to give us an overview of what you’ve been up to since graduation? Shortly after graduation, I landed a management position at Aspen Dental Management, the dental support organization that supports all of the Aspen Dental-branded practices across the country. With more than 800 practices across 42 states, I lead a nationwide team of recruiters and relationship builders. As someone with no background in dental or recruiting, I may…

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Student Spotlight: Michelle Donahue, DPT – Ed.D. Program 

Michelle Donahue, Doctor. of Education program, Ed.D.
Michelle Donahue has her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and is now pursuing her Ed.D. in order to advance her career in academia. Here she talks about what drives her, how she relates her current studies to her professional life, and her best advice for incoming Ed.D. candidates. Tell us about yourself, and what led you to get your Ed.D. I’m a Physical Therapist (PT) and board-certified pediatric specialist, working extensively in the early intervention setting with children from birth to 3 years old and their families. I began as a clinical instructor for physical therapy students completing full-time clinical education experience, then began taking on work as an adjunct faculty member teaching students during on-campus clinical experience and teaching lectures.…

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5 Tips for Finishing Your Dissertation During a Global Pandemic

Dr. Stephanie Marcotte, author of 5 Tips for Finishing Your Dissertation During a Global Pandemic, talks about completing my dissertation.
Dr. Stephanie N. Marcotte is a graduate of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program at UNE Online, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at the University of New England.  She has guest posted in the past, sharing Ten Tips for Online Doctoral Students: A Dissertation Success Kit. We are happy to have her return to the Vision Blog with another insightful post. In life, there are many things that we will do or experiences that we never thought would happen. Maybe you travel somewhere new and discover a talent or hobby. Maybe you meet the love of your life while in the grocery line. Regardless, these are little unpredictable moments that were probably completely unexpected but will…

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UNE Graduate Michael Fischer Appointed President of York County Community College

Mike Fischer, Ed.D.
Dr. Michael Fischer is a recent graduate of the Ed.D. program at UNE Online and was recently named the president of York County Community College, in Wells, Maine. Fischer was chosen out of a field of nearly 50 candidates to lead this 1,600-student college in southern Maine. Dr. Fischer began his academic journey at UNE in Fall 2016 as a student in the Doctor of Education program. He chose to focus his dissertation on leadership, and titled his dissertation “The Importance of Soft-Skill Development in Co-Curricular Programs: A Summative Evaluation of a Community College Student Leadership Program.” He graduated from the Ed.D. program in June 2020. Congratulations on your appointment! That’s exciting news. Could you tell us a bit…

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Student Spotlight: Fred Adhaya, MPH – Doctor of Education Program

Fred Adhaya, MPH graduate and Ed.D. student at UNE Online
Fred Adhaya earned his Master of Public Health through UNE Online, and now he has returned to attain his terminal degree, a Doctor of Education. In this post, Fred discusses why he chose to pursue his Ed.D. with UNE, and how his MPH has helped him along that journey. You earned your MPH at UNE. What attracted you to continue with UNE for your Doctor of Education? The reason I chose to pursue the Doctor of Education, or Ed.D., following a successful MPH at UNE was a desire to more deeply understand the concept of leadership. I wanted to be able to hone my leadership skills and gain the skills to build a learning organization – concepts I…

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10 Tips for Online Doctoral Students: A Dissertation Success Kit

Stephanie Marcotte Ed.D. program
Guest blogger and doctoral student Stephanie N. Marcotte is in her last semester of the online Doctor of Education (Ed.D) program at the University of New England. Her dissertation is focused on community college academic English as a second language (ESL) programs in Massachusetts. She is currently a Nursing Resource Coordinator and Adjunct Professor of ESL at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts. Greetings! My name is Stephanie Marcotte, and I am in the last semester of my online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program at UNE. As I am finishing up my dissertation, I have been reflecting on all the lessons that I have learned that enabled me to reach this point in my dissertation journey. I have thought about every…


Program Director Spotlight: Dr. Jayne Pelletier, Education Program

Dr. Jayne Pelletier, Program Director for the Graduate Programs in Education
Dr. Jayne Pelletier is the Program Director for the Graduate Programs in Education at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies here at the University of New England. In this post, Dr. Pelletier discusses her background, love of education, and imparts some words of wisdom to her faculty and students.  Can you tell me a little bit about your background? Sure! I knew early on that I wanted to be a teacher, but I was an adult with small children before I went back to school to earn my Master of Arts in Teaching. After graduation, I taught middle school science and English, then moved to teaching high school, and eventually began teaching night classes for a college in New…

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Spotlight on Virtual Research Symposium Presenter Dianna Montfort, Ed.D.

Dianna Montfort Ed.D.
Dianna Montfort, Ed.D. is a graduate of the UNE Doctor of Education program and was a presenter at last year’s inaugural CGPS Virtual Research and Scholarship Symposium. Here, she talks about her experience in the Ed.D. program as well as what it was like presenting at CGPS’s first Symposium in 2019. Last year you presented at our first Virtual Research and Scholarship Symposium. Can you talk about your experience? I absolutely loved it. It was very eye-opening because it was the very first time that I had ever shared my research with other people outside of my cohort and workplace. To hear the feedback from some of the attendees was very beneficial to me. The symposium would also be…

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UNE Joins Top 60 in 2020 U.S. News & World Report, Grad Education Rankings

U.S. News & World Report Grad Education Badge
UNE’s commitment to providing a high-quality educational experience has resulted in a rise to the top 60 Online Programs in Graduate Education in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The online Graduate Education Programs at the University of New England are dedicated to advancing and developing reflective and resourceful teachers and school leaders who are competent, caring and qualified. UNE’s online graduate degrees in Education provide students with the knowledge and skills to become leaders and shape the future of education. Degrees and certificates in Education at UNE Online include: MSEd: Master of Science in Education MSEd RS: Master of Science in Education – Reading Specialist CAGS: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study CAGS AEL:…

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Lane Clarke, Education Program

Lane Clarke, Ed.D.
Dr. Lane Clarke is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of New England on the Biddeford Campus. As the department chair, she teaches classes at the undergraduate level to pre-service teachers in literacy and global education. Her research interests include online teaching, technology and literacy, and working with students who struggle with literacy. She has published three books: Educating Literacy Teachers Online: Tools, Techniques, and Transformations (Clarke & Watts-Taffe, 2013), The reading turn-around: A five-part framework for differentiated instruction (Jones, Clarke & Enriquez, 2009) and High-tech teaching success: A step by step guide to using innovative technology in your classroom (Clarke & Besnoy, 2009). In addition, she has articles published in journals such as The Reading Teacher, Journal…

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Career-Enhancing Aspects of Earning your Ed.D.

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Credibility, confidence, and knowledge are career-enhancing aspects that encourage students to pursue an Ed.D. at UNE Online. Article by Erin Connor, Ph.D.  Earning a terminal degree is the culmination of graduate studies and has historically served as the entry into a vocation as a professor at a college or university. Higher Education is seeing an unprecedented level of disruption that is making many students question the value of a college education. Hard questions about return on investment are posed now by students at all degree levels. With fewer opportunities in traditional faculty roles, what motivates graduate students to pursue a terminal degree like the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) at the University of New England? The Doctor of Education at…

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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Vicki Rusbult, Ed.D. – Education Program

Dr. Vicki Rusbult, Ed.D.
UNE Online Alumna Dr. Vicki Rusbult fulfilled a lifelong dream last May and graduated from the College of Graduate and Professional Studies with her Ed.D. And it turns out that her dissertation wasn’t only interesting to her faculty advisor… The ‘National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Rural Transportation National Newsletter’ recently published a link to her full dissertation in their national newsletter. We’re so thrilled for Dr. Rusbult and her impressive national exposure! We spoke with Dr. Rusbult to talk about her professional career, and how her Ed.D. from UNE Online is opening doors and helping further her work. Here’s a little more about how she is putting her Ed.D. to good use: What was your experience like, getting…

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