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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UNE Among Elite 70 in 2021 U.S. News & World Report, Grad Education Rankings

2021 Best Online Programs in Graduate Education
U.S. News & World Report is a recognized leader in graduate school rankings – and UNE’s commitment to providing a high-quality educational experience has resulted in a top-70 ranking among all Online Master’s in Education programs in the country for 2021. This prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranking, which surveyed more than 1,200 programs, places UNE in good company among other highly competitive graduate schools that offer programs in Education – and UNE Online is the only school in Maine to earn a top 70 spot. 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. Courses are refreshed…

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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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Alumni Spotlight: Skip Wilhoit, Ed.D.

Skip Wilhoit, Ed.D.
Skip Wilhoit, Ed.D. was recently awarded a $2.7 million dollar grant to benefit his K-12 school district. Here, he gives details about the grant he won, and how he used his real-life experience to shape his educational journey. Tell us a little about yourself and what kind of work you do After I served in the Army, I spent the first part of my civilian career in education as a teacher and coach. After that, I explored other options in TV and radio broadcasting, and I eventually found my way back into education. In 2002, I started work at the school district level, in the federal Safe and Drug-Free schools program. One of the major initiatives at that time was…

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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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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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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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Alumni Spotlight: Bonnie Blake, Ed.D.

Bonnie Blake EdD Alumna
Bonnie Blake, Ed.D. is a graduate of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program at UNE Online. Here, she talks about her experience with the online Ed.D. program, and how she is putting her dissertation research to work, planning the next steps in her career.  Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Ed.D.? I had been an educator at New York University for more than 25 years; first as an advisor, an instructor, and eventually clinical assistant professor, as well as academic director and coordinating chair for the programs in media industry studies and design. I received my Master’s in Graphic Communications Management and Technology from NYU, and it was my desire…

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Student Spotlight, Jeffrey L. Brown, Ed.D. Program

Jeffrey Brown, Chief Information Officer, Martin's Point Healthcare, Ed.D. in Transformative Leadership candidate at UNE Online
Jeffrey is currently in his third executive officer role as the Chief Information Officer for Martin’s Point Healthcare. When he felt that he’d reached a growth plateau, he took a year to research before choosing UNE’s Ed.D. to combine leadership skill acquisition, applied science, and applied research.

“The way each class builds on the next within the program, it literally all comes back to myself as a leader in my organization. I’ve experienced rapid-cycle development, seemingly on a weekly basis. Because of this program, I feel that I’ve accelerated my leadership thinking, comfort, and capability by leaps and bounds over the last two years. I can’t say enough about it. It’s been a remarkable experience.”

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Michelle Collay, Ed.D. Program

Dr. Michelle Collay
Dr. Michelle Collay is a faculty member and advisor for our top online Ed.D. program at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies here at the University of New England. In this post, she talks about how she advises dissertators, the variety of professional backgrounds her Ed.D. students come from, and how she fosters a sense of community among her online students. Can you tell me a little about your background and what drew you to UNE? I came to UNE in academic year ‘12-’13 to set up the Education doctoral program. The curriculum had already been designed, and UNE brought me in to set it up and get it going. I came directly from seven years of experience in…

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Student Spotlight: Stephanie N. Marcotte, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Stephanie Marcotte, an Ed.D. Student at UNE Online, holds multiple leadership roles
Stephanie Marcotte is a student in the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) 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 educational leadership roles have 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…

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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 a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) 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…

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What Can You Do With an EdD?

Dan Mickool stepping out of the College of Pharmacy building
The Doctor of Education (EdD) 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 EdD”? A Diverse Student and Faculty Body Provides Opportunity The EdD student body is the most diverse audience served by our graduate programs in education. In addition to K-12 education professionals, students in the EdD come from clinical backgrounds in healthcare settings, community colleges, and non-profit community groups and service…

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Alumni Spotlight: Mike Wilber, Ed.D.

Selfie of Mike Wilber, Ed.D.
Dr. Mike Wilber, an Ed.D. graduate, 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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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Alumni 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 (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…

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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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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, 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…

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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 Doctor of Education (Ed.D.). 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 Ed.D.: “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

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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…

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