Ashford University Faculty
The doctoral journey is transformational in that the graduate is not the same person as when the journey began.
My favorite day of the year is commencement because I get to see students walk across the stage to begin a new chapter in their career and their life. When I see them walk toward me, I think about the challenges they’ve gone through, going from one kind of person to the next. They are now ‘doctor,’ and I had an impact on that.
Education is not just the knowledge you learn, but how the knowledge and learning impacts you as a person. Going through program or educational tenure can be a life-changing experience.
My favorite teaching goal is creating a level playing field where students get to explore their interests, follow their dreams, develop new skills, and test their limits while creating lifelong friendships and expanding their professional networks. What I like most about online education is the access it provides. From working parents and busy professionals to deployed military personnel, online education brings the professors and the education to the student, on their own schedules.
My commitment to Ashford’s doctoral students is rooted in the commitment that students are experts in their fields and obtaining doctoral level research skills accelerates their ability to change their lives by creating opportunities for themselves, their families and their communities.
At Ashford, the ultimate challenge of online education is to create a community of learners. Sharing, through active and thoughtful participation on the discussion board greatly enhances learning and satisfaction in our classes. Education grows exponentially as we learn from each other. We will all benefit significantly from our involvement and thoughtful exploration of ideas.