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Doctoral Education and Beyond Chapter 20 Mary F. Howard-Hamilton Randy E. Hyman. Zach Shirley EDHE 6730 Fall 2010. Introduction. This presentation will discuss the emphasis on Doctoral study as chronicled by Chapter 20 in the text. Areas for discussion include some of the following:

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doctoral education and beyond chapter 20 mary f howard hamilton randy e hyman

Doctoral Education and BeyondChapter 20 Mary F. Howard-HamiltonRandy E. Hyman

Zach Shirley

EDHE 6730

Fall 2010

  • This presentation will discuss the emphasis on Doctoral study as chronicled by Chapter 20 in the text.
  • Areas for discussion include some of the following:
    • Why a Doctorate?
    • Where to attend?
    • Selecting an Ed.D. (Doctor of Education) or a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) program.
    • Steps to enhance matriculation.
    • Career options once the degree has been completed.
doctoral student statistics
Doctoral Student Statistics
  • The length of time to obtain a doctorate varies by the academic discipline, with the median time increasing from 6.6 years in the year 1983, to 7.1 in the year 1993 (de Valero, 2001, p. 341)
  • According to Nettles and Millett (2006), in the year 2000, only about 1 percent of the nation’s adult population – approximately 1.5 percent males and 0.6 percent females that were eighteen years old and above – had earned a doctoral degree.
doctoral student statistics1
Doctoral Student Statistics
  • There are a number of students who start, but do not complete, doctoral programs.
    • Forty to sixty percent of students who begin doctorates do not earn their degrees (McAlpine & Norton, 2006).
  • Support from family, peers, faculty/chairperson can influence completion, along with financial support and student motivation.
    • Specifically, a student’s interaction with their faculty chairperson has a more direct influence on student completion than any other factor.
doctoral student statistics2
Doctoral Student Statistics
  • There are two distinct challenges to doctoral student persistence, as pointed out by Nettles and Millett (2006):
    • Faculty advisor issues, which include:
      • Unexpected faculty departures
      • Conflicts with a mentor
    • Academic issues, which include:
      • Difficulty in making the transition to an independent scholar
      • Loss of confidence
      • Loss of interest in the dissertation topic
      • Changing academic interests
      • Current program not meeting the student’s needs
decision making facts
Decision-Making Facts
  • Nettles and Millet (2006) reported the following facts in regards to the decision-making process for the pursuit of a doctoral degree:
    • Students typically decide to pursue doctoral studies ten years after they complete their master’s degrees.
    • Education majors tend to be older than other doctoral students, and begin their degree programs around the age of thirty – students in other disciplines start their progressions in their early twenties.
      • African-American doctoral students in education have an average age of thirty-seven years as opposed to the thirty-five years old age demographic for other racial ethnic groups.
why a doctorate
Why a Doctorate?
  • As stated by Townsend and Mason (1990), most individuals pursue a doctorate for one of two main reasons:
    • To maintain their current position in Student Affairs.
    • To advance into upper-management Administrative positions.
  • The doctorate opens up doors to either a teaching career, or one in middle- and upper-administration.
  • The time to complete a doctorate is typically up to ten years, which can be considered to be a major interruption in the lives of many people.
    • Careful consideration must be given in regards to making such a decision, since it puts life “on hold” for many individuals.
where to go choosing an institution program
Where to Go? – Choosing an Institution/Program
  • Collins and Barratt (2007), in their research of the American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA) directory of graduate programs, found there to be approximately 134 institutions across the country with master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees in Student Affairs or Higher Education.
  • Most programs now require prospective students to have a least one year of full-time employment in Student Affairs/Higher Education before they are allowed admittance.
in choosing a program institution
In choosing a program/institution…
  • Students should examine the following items:
    • Faculty and their research interests
      • Will you research interests align with theirs?
      • Does the program demographic contain faculty that are full-time, along with faculty that hold primary roles as administrators?
    • Program requirements
      • Most programs require students to take courses in HiEd. Administration, Finance, HiEd. Law, Qual./Quant. Statistics, History of HiEd., and Student Development Theories, just to name a few.
    • Financial aid options
      • Are there assistantships available? What about grants?
    • Academic quality
    • Academic infrastructure
    • Faculty friendliness
    • Academic reputation of the program and campus
degree choice the ph d or the ed d
Degree choice – The Ph.D. or the Ed.D.?
  • The oldest and most recognized degrees in education are the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
    • The Ph.D. was established by Yale University in 1860, and the first Ph.D. in education was granted in 1893 by Teachers College, Columbia University (Nettles & Millett, 2006)
    • The first Ed.D. was established by Howard University, and conferred it in 1920, followed by Teachers College in 1934 (Nettles & Millett, 2006).
  • The degrees were created to present options for the preparation of either Administrators in HiEd (Ed.D.) or Professors, researchers, and scholars in HiEd (Ph.D.)
  • Today, however, the programs and their requirements are strikingly similar to one another, with the line becoming blurred between the two in most cases.
the ph d ed d comparison
The Ph.D. & Ed.D. Comparison
  • Research has shown that there is minimal difference between the two degree tracks (Coorough & Nelson, 1991)
    • Both require rigorous coursework
    • Both require research tools and experience
    • Both require end-of-coursework Qualifying Exams
    • Both require the production of a Dissertation
      • Ph.D. Dissertation generally utilizes multivariate statistics
      • Ed.D. Dissertation generally utilizes survey research
  • Differences exist between the two in regards to target populations, research designs, and statistical analyses, but those differences are minute, as well.
university comparison the university of north texas
University Comparison –The University of North Texas

Ph.D. Program

Ed.D. Program

  • For individuals interested primarily in scholarly research and in the teaching of HiEd as a field of study
  • 72-78 credit hours beyond the Master’s Degree
  • Requires 9 additional hours in research methodology and statistics
  • Conceptual or theoretically-based dissertation of publishable quality that is generalizable to the field of HiEd
  • For individuals interested primarily in the application of theory and research to practice
  • 60-66 credit hours beyond the Master’s Degree
  • Requires a student to complete a cognate field in a “sub-specialization” of HiEd administration
  • Applied, analytical, or descriptive dissertation requirement
career paths after the doctorate
Career paths after the doctorate
  • The attainment of a doctoral degree opens up various career paths for those who have completed the degree program, with the most popular being either a career in the professoriate or in administration.
  • Statistics show that eighty percent of doctoral candidates pursue administrative careers, while twenty percent aspire to hold faculty positions.
  • Many students pursue terminal degrees in order to hold onto current positions, as opposed to pursuing professional advancement.
faculty positions
Faculty Positions
  • Howard-Hamilton and Hyman (2009) stated that doctoral students who find interest in becoming a faculty member should consider the following:
    • Is there a line of research that you would find yourself passionate about?
    • Have you carefully examined the institution in which you would like to seek faculty appointment?
      • Public institution v. Private institution
    • Does the program you wish to become a faculty member in pride its focus on the preparation of solely master’s students, or does it cater more to doctoral students?
    • Is the program you wish to work in more administratively-focused, counseling-based, or a blended model?
administrative positions
Administrative Positions
  • Howard-Hamilton and Hyman (2009) recommends that those aspiring for a career in administration consider the following:
    • What are your ultimate career goals?
    • Is your focus on becoming a senior student affairs administrator?
    • Are you looking to retain your current administrative appointment or move on to another institution in a different role?
    • Administrative duties differ from campus to campus and demographic to demographic (i.e. the community college, state university, private institution, etc.).
  • Keep in mind that administrators may also accept faculty appointments.
  • Whether a doctoral student decides on becoming a faculty member or an administrator, they are both considered to be “educators.”
  • Being a visible member of the campus community – regardless of having status as an “administrator” or as “faculty” – provides students a model to witness that both entities are important to the mission of the institution.
  • Collins, D. & Barratt, W. (Eds.). (2007). America

College Personnel Directory of Graduate Programs.

  • Coorough, C. & Nelson, N. (1991). Content analysis of the Ph.D. vs. Ed.D. dissertation.

Retrieved from ERIC database. ED364580.

  • de Valero, Y. F. (2001). Departmental factors affecting

time-to-degree and completion rates of doctoral

students at one land-grant institution. Journal of

Higher Education, 72(3), 341-367.

  • Howard-Hamilton, M. F. & Hyman, R. E. (2009). Doctoral education and beyond. In G. S.

McClellan & J. Stringer (Eds.), The handbook of

student affairs administration (pp. 388-402).

San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

  • McAlpine, L. & Norton, J. (2006). Reframing our approach to doctoral programs: An integrative framework for action and research. Higher Education Research and Development, 25(1), 3-17.
  • Nettles, M. T. & Millett, C. M. (2006). Three magic letters: Getting to ph.d. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Townsend, B. K. & Mason, S. O. (1990). Career paths of graduates of higher education doctoral programs. Review of Higher Education, 14(1), 63-81.