Shelley White and Jonathan Vester, both students in the EdD program, co-presented their disquisition topic at the 2016 Conference of the North Carolina Community College System on October 10 in Raleigh. Their topic was “Re-imagining Competencies in North Carolina Community Colleges: Integrating Certifications into Academic Programs at Two Community Colleges.”
Three faculty members, Robert Crow, Kofi Lomotey, and Kathleen Topolka-Jorissen, published a chapter titled “An Adaptive Model for a Rigorous Professional Practice Doctorate: The Disquisition” in the book “Contemporary Approaches to Dissertation Development and Research Methods.” This chapter describes the innovative, redesigned EdD in Educational Leadership program offered at WCU.
Jeremy Shields, Cohort 4 Ed.D. candidate, has been appointed Principal of Crest Middle School in Cleveland County. A National Board Certified Social Studies Teacher, Jeremy earned his BA in Political Science at UNC and his MSA at WCU in 2011. Jeremy transitions into the principalship after serving as assistant principal at Kings Mountain HS and Crest HS.
The Educational Leadership faculty traveled to Portland, Oregon to attend a CPED (Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate) convening. WCU faculty led workshops on improvement science, helping to introduce CIGs on improvement science and social justice, and presenting our unique, re-designed EdD program as a model for other CPED members. CPED is a consortium of over 80 colleges and schools of education that critically examines the doctorate in education with the intentional effort of strengthening the EdD.
Congratulations to the 21 Ed. D. candidates who were hooded at the Graduate Commencement on May 6. The purple and gold stoles are kente cloth, custom woven in Ghana for this cohort and presented to them by the faculty. The program obtained special permission for the candidates to wear the stoles during commencement.
Robert Crow, Kofi Lomotey, and Kathleen Topolka-Jorissen, faculty in Educational Leadership, have published a chapter in the book Contemporary Approaches to Dissertation Development and Research Methods titled “An adaptive model for a rigorous professional practice doctorate: The disquisition.” The chapter is the first published description of a model for using improvement science in a professional practice doctoral program. Candidates in WCU’s Ed.D. program are required to lead an organizational level improvement initiative and document the process, findings, impact, and their resulting theory of improvement in their disquisitions.