Successful Applicant Experiences

Below are experiences characteristic of successful applicants for the Executive Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs that showcase the diverse backgrounds and interests of those who join our programs.

Ed.D. Applicant Experiences

Photo of Dorado KinneyDorado, Community College and University Student Services Administrator

  • 20 years in Higher Education at 2-year and 4-year institutions
  • Has masters degrees in Higher Education and Management
  • Has held multiple director and dean-level positions
  • Interested in career advancement to senior level positions

Photo of Marisol GarzaMarisol, Community College Administrator

  • 10+ years in student affairs at a community college, including serving as an Assistant Director, Program Manager, and Associate Dean
  • A community college alumna
  • Has a master’s in Counseling and Guidance
  • To advance her career, a terminal degree is required

Photo of Brent FieldsBrent, Non-Profit CEO

  • 30+ years of executive leadership experience in non-profit organizations, including 10 years as a CEO
  • Recipient of multiple professional awards
  • Has a master’s in Education
  • Interested in exploring executive leadership opportunities in the educational arena

Photo of Jennifer ZamoraJennifer, Student Affairs Administrator

  • 9+ years in a Director role at a four-year university
  • Former K-12 teacher
  • President of a higher education professional association
  • Has a master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs
  • Plans to assume a senior-level leadership role as her next career step

Ph.D. Applicant Experiences

Photo of Ibrahim BicakIbrahim, Researcher

  • Former high school math teacher in Turkey
  • Former research associate at an equity and inclusion laboratory
  • Has a master’s in Higher, Postsecondary, and Continuing Education
  • Research interests: College access and success for underrepresented students
  • Pursuing a terminal degree to work as a tenure-track professor

Photo of Hollie YangHollie, Scholar-Practitioner

  • Currently an Academic Advisor at an extremely large university’s College of Liberal Arts
  • Former Academic Advisor at a community college and a Graduate Assistant at a university center
  • Has a master’s in Higher Education
  • Research interests: examining the effects of the model minority myth on college experiences of first-generation and low-income Asian American students 
  • Plans to engage in research to inform and institute change in higher education