Student Spotlight: Stephanie N. Marcotte, Ed.D. in Transformative Leadership

Stephanie Marcotte, an Ed.D. Student at UNE Online, holds multiple leadership roles

Stephanie Marcotte is a student in the Ed.D. Transformative Leadership program at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies here at the University of New England. She talks about her experience as an online student, how her leadership has developed throughout her time in the UNE Ed.D. program, and how her identity as a leader has changed throughout the program. What are your current leadership roles? Like many adjunct professors around the country, I work multiple jobs. While I believe in the establishment of full-time benefited teaching opportunities, I have learned a lot from wearing many hats. Currently, I am an adjunct professor of ESL within a credit-bearing community college academic ESL program, a teacher-trainer, a union chapter president representing all faculty and professional staff, and now an interim part-time professional staff member within the nursing department at my community college. “Busy” doesn’t quite represent the many hours I spend working, teaching, preparing, and supporting others. All of these roles… Read More >

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How Educational Leadership Skills Can Make You an Agent of Change

Smiling woman sitting with colleague using educational leadership skills in the workplace

There are many ways to improve yourself, your organization, or your community, but attaining a doctorate in education might be one of the most overlooked. Leadership is a valuable trait in any sector, and the unique adaptability of an Ed.D. in Transformative Leadership has been attracting the attention of educators, healthcare officials, public servants, and human resource professionals alike. We’ve seen transportation consultants advancing access to basic services in rural areas, principals looking to undercover alternative pathways to success for students, and a rising number of workforce developers looking to enact more effective training courses. What makes an Ed.D. attractive to a diverse group of students, and how does an Ed.D. enable students to make an impact on their communities? What is educational leadership, and how might it apply to my industry? Educational leadership is the ability to identify and guide improvement in learning processes, systems, and policies. These improvements may affect departments, individuals, budgets, laws and other standards, or… Read More >

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What Can You Do With an Ed.D.?

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The Doctor of Education in Transformative Leadership (Ed.D.) program at the University of New England’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies focuses on leadership development, problem-based inquiry, and organizational change. This cohort-based program prepares mid-career professionals to transform self, organization, and community through focused, flexible study. However, those considering a Doctorate in Education often ask us how this emphasis on transformation can benefit their careers. In short, “what can you do with an Ed.D.”? A Diverse Student and Faculty Body Provides Opportunity The Ed.D. student body is the most diverse audience served by our graduate programs in education. In addition to K-12 education professionals, students in the Ed.D. come from clinical backgrounds in healthcare settings, community colleges, and non-profit community groups and service agencies. Likewise, in addition to holding terminal degrees themselves, our Ed.D. instructors are drawn from a wide variety of professional leadership roles such as K-12, higher education and healthcare administration from across the country. The diversity of… Read More >

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Alumni Spotlight: Mike Wilber, Ed.D.

Selfie of Mike Wilber, Ed.D.

Dr. Mike Wilber is an Adult Basic Education Instructor at the Delaware Department of Education Adult and Prison Education Resources Division in Wilmington, Delaware, helping inmates earn their GEDs and learn job skills. He is also a GED Instructor in the Adult Education Division of James H. Groves Adult High School. Dr. Wilber’s Ed.D. dissertation was designed to examine a particular aspect of the prison population in order to look at the problem of recidivism from a different angle. It’s challenging work, but Dr. Wilber’s passion for teaching and serving others is evident through his most recent award: Region II Teacher Of the Year for 2018. We sat down with Dr. Wilber recently to talk about his experience in the UNE Online Ed.D. program. Can you tell me a bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Ed.D.? I earned my bachelor’s degree in History and very nearly earned a minor in Education. I took all the courses… Read More >

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UNE Online Among Top Online Programs in Graduate Education

US News World Report Grad Education 2018

UNE Online is thrilled to share that we’ve again been named one of the top Online Programs in Graduate Education by U.S. News and World Report in their 2018 Rankings. UNE Online also received high marks in the student engagement category, ranking in the top 15% of schools for student engagement. Big shout out to all of our faculty and staff! U.S. News and World Report calculated the rankings based on the following five categories: Student engagement (35 percent): Quality online graduate education programs grant aspiring teachers and educational administrators opportunities to readily interact with their instructors and classmates. In turn, instructors are not only accessible and responsive, but they are also tasked with helping to create an experience rewarding enough that students stay enrolled and complete their degrees in a reasonable amount of time. Student services and technology (20 percent): Programs that incorporate diverse online learning technologies allow greater flexibility for students to take classes from a distance. Outside… Read More >

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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 of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Journal of Literacy Research, English Journal, and Language Arts, among others. We spoke with Dr. Clarke about her career and the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program she helped develop for online students. Can you tell… Read More >

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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 from 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 in Transformative Leadership at the University of New England? The Doctor of Education in Transformative Leadership at UNE is designed for mid-career professionals working in a number of different industries including Healthcare, Public Service, and PK-12 Education among many others. The audience for this terminal degree is diverse and the online delivery appeals… Read More >

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Meet Our Team: Greg Andrews

Greg Andrews Student Support Specialist at UNE Online

If you were to look up dedication in the UNE Online dictionary, you would find a picture of Greg Andrews. Greg’s commitment to his students is inspiring, and because of it, he’s become a household name to many of his students. He’s also a native Mainer, and New England sports aficionado, affectionately naming his cat after the famed Red Sox alum Nomar Garciaparra and dubbing a Patriots win as part of his ideal Sunday afternoon. At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. What do you do at UNE Online? I’m a Student Support Specialist here at UNE Online. I support all of our graduate-level Education students – from Master’s to Doctoral, and everything in between. I’ve been here for about two and a… Read More >

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Student Spotlight: Stephanie N. Brown, Ed.D. Program

Stephanie Brown

Can you tell me a little bit about your background? My name is Stephanie Brown and I am an adjunct English as a Second Language (ESL) professor. I honestly love what I do. There is nothing like teaching, especially teaching English learners. I learn so much from my students, probably more than they learn from me. Every day my students open my eyes to the world – not just in terms of content, but with their lived experiences. I am honored to know, work, and support these amazing people. They work so hard and give so much. Their passion and dedication are what keeps me alive: as a human and as a teacher. Outside of teaching, I have also taken on different leadership roles within the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). I am the President-Elect of NNETESOL and the Reviews Editor for MATSOL. I am also an active member of my three unions (NEA, MTA,… Read More >

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Meet Our Team: Kelsey McIntyre

Kelsey McIntyre, Enrollment Counselor

Kelsey McIntyre is one of UNE Online’s superstar enrollment counselors, specializing in our Online Graduate Education Programs. Kelsey has a unique ability to connect with our potential students and help to identify their goals and motivations for pursuing a higher education degree. She then works with them to help them build their best application possible. In her spare time, you can find Kelsey in some body of water; whether it’s the ocean or a lake, this native Mainer takes advantage of everything the #vacationland state has to offer. At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. What do you do at UNE Online? I’m an enrollment counselor for UNE’s Online Graduate Programs in Education. So that includes our MSEd programs, our CAGS, PMC and… Read More >

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Spotlight: Dr. Joel Lowsky, Ed.D.

Dr. Joel Lowsky, Ed.D. Graduate

Dr. Joel Lowsky is a recent graduate of UNE Online’s Doctor of Education in Transformative Leadership (Ed.D.) Program. We recently spoke with him about his career, his research, and plans for the future. Can you tell me a little bit about your background? I earned my bachelor’s degree in humanistic studies and English literature; two areas for which it’s tough to find a job! So I went back to school and earned another diploma, this time in Computer Programming. This gave me access to work in the corporate world, in technology. I went on to get a great job implementing software at large corporations, but after a few years, I felt that I wanted a more meaningful work experience. Career twist The turning point in my career was an eight-month volunteer stint at an HIV community center in Namibia, Africa. The organization’s mission was to meet the needs of both youth and adults to combat the threat of the HIV/AIDS… Read More >

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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 your Ed.D. online? Not being in a classroom was initially a concern of mine, but the thing is, with technology now you’re able to have valuable interactions. You still have group work, but instead of in-person, you communicate on the telephone… Read More >

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Ed.D. Student Ben Luce published in professional journal

Ben Luce, Ed.D.

Benjamin Luce, a student in the University of New England’s Online Doctoral Program in Transformative Leadership, was recently published in the American Journal of Distance Education. Benjamin interviewed Bryan Alexander, a leading thinker and writer in issues of education and technology. Alexander is a senior fellow for the National Institute of Technology in Liberal Education. The two discuss many issues relating to technology and its place in modern education – including social media, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), history of technology in education, distance education, and much more. For those with institutional access to the American Journal of Distance Education, the interview can be found here. Check with your library to see if you have access to the periodical – it’s a fascinating discussion on education and how Bryan’s life has shaped his thinking. Check out Bryan Alexander’s site for more about him, and to read his writings. About Benjamin Luce Benjamin Luce is the Academic Dean for the Maine… Read More >

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Student Spotlight: Kimberly Roberts-Morandi, Ed.D. – Education Program

Kimberly Roberts-Morandi, Ed.D. student

Kimberly Roberts-Morandi is a student in the University of New England’s Online Doctoral Program in Transformative Leadership. She is currently working on her dissertation with the other members of her cohort, and checked in with her about her study. Here’s what Kim has to say about her participatory action research experience and why she picked the University of New England for her doctorate in education: “The opportunity to pursue research that would document the transformative impact of an Instructional Leadership Team in a rural environment combined my work and passion for school turnaround. I have rooted my qualitative study in a district that embraced shared-leadership as a structure for implementing numerous educator mandates. The study identifies the actions and supports the district and school administrators engage in and the work of a leadership team integrating the educator evaluation frameworks. My goal is to document a process that is replicable in other rural environments as these resource-thin areas struggle to improve… Read More >

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Transformative Leaders and Learners in Ed.D.

Transformative Leadership

“To know how other people behave takes intelligence, but to know myself takes wisdom. To manage other people’s lives takes strength, but to manage my own life takes true power. If I am content with what I have, I can live simply and enjoy both prosperity and free time. If my goals are clear, I can achieve them without fuss. If I am at peace with myself, I will not spend my life force in conflicts. If I have learned to let go, I do not need to fear dying.” – John Heider, The Tao Of Leadership Colleagues, Our community of practice, Ed.D., is designed to engage individuals who are active leaders in their organizations, who seek to create equity and opportunity for peers, clients, and community members, and who apply theory to practice every day. That is, transformative leaders and learners. May you also have balance in all things. The latter is the most challenging for many of us, as… Read More >

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William Cowen presents dissertation - first member of first cohort of Ed.D.

Bill Cowen, Ed.D.

When William Cowen presented his dissertation recently, he became the first member of the first cohort of the Education Doctoral program at UNE Online. The title of his study is “An exploration of intrapersonal communication as a self-leadership strategy in social entrepreneurs.” In his professional life, William Cowen is an instructor at Villanova University in the Department of Communication and is the Area Coordinator for Public Relations. In addition to his academic duties at Villanova, he is the owner and founding president of Metrospective Communications LLC, a Philadelphia-based public relations agency serving Fortune 500 companies through entrepreneurial ventures. Cowen is also an award-winning practitioner, consultant and educator, as well as an industry-quoted and published author. Serving many organizations throughout his career, some recent clients include: Edward Jones Investments DuPont Sony The Monell Center The National Constitution Center Metro Newspapers PhillyCarShare His areas of expertise include: Public & Media Relations Crisis Communication Professional Writing Strategic Communication Business & Promotional Planning Professional… Read More >

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Teachers as Leaders: a Reflection

Dr. Michelle Collay

In almost every class I’ve ever taught, I open with: “Tell us a story about a memorable teacher.” Everyone has one story or many. Almost all are positive, and a few were memorable in a bad way. As you read about one of mine, recall one of your own and please share your stories in the comments below. Having to start over in high school When I was 16 and “earning” B’s and D’s in high school, my parents moved to a new community where I was that kid with no friends and even less interest in high school. I cleaned stalls for a neighbor after school and put up with the indignity of high school during the day. Fortune smiled upon me during the spring semester of my junior year, however, when I struck up a conversation in Social Studies with a young woman, Gigi. A turning point Gigi let me know her dad was the high school band director and he could… Read More >

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