Presentation on theme: "To DOC or not to DOC? Exploring Doctorate Level Education for Housing and Residence Life Professionals Stephanie Hurley Marshall University MACUHO Annual."— Presentation transcript:
To DOC or not to DOC? Exploring Doctorate Level Education for Housing and Residence Life Professionals Stephanie Hurley Marshall University MACUHO Annual Conference October 28, 2011
Explore the necessity of a doctoral degree in the field of housing and residence life. Investigate the variety in doctoral programs and identify parameters of specific interest. Identify the difference between an EdD and PhD education. Explore your personal needs/wants and if they are in line with a doctoral education. Have a discussion about the value of doctoral programs and how they can meet your needs. Who are we? Why are we here?
Should housing professionals pursue doctoral degrees? Upward Mobility Salary Increases Competition Opened Doors Exploring HE from a new perspective Gain skills to assist in your current position
Average Salaries Resident Director (10-11) Low: $21,000 Average: $30,229 High: $41,000 Assistant Director, Residence Life (10-11) Low: $28,000 Average: $44,960 High: $76,000 Chief Housing Officers (10-11) 2% have doctoral degrees Low: $42,000 Average: $73,945 High: $145,000 Dean of Students (10-11)31% have doctoral degrees Low: $57,800 Average: $88,178 High: $120,778 Vice President (10-11) 67% have doctoral degrees Low: $99,090 Average: $185,989 High: $311,177
Upward Mobility Many Director positions do not mention the need for a doctoral degree BUT Dean positions typically list as a preference AND VP positions are specifically looking for these credentials In many circumstances, education can forgive some experience qualifications…so consider…
What kind of programs are available? Leadership Student Affairs Higher Education Administration Diversity Communication Counseling Women’s Studies It all depends on what your long term goals are!
What is available to me? http://www.myacpa.org/c12/Alpha_Dir.htm http://www.myacpa.org/c12/Alpha_Dir.htm http://www.naspa.org/career/gradprograms/default.cfm http://www.naspa.org/career/gradprograms/default.cfm
Considerations On my campus or not? Prestige/Rank Title vs. Content Is the content reflective of my long-term goals? Residency/Portfolios/Research Who would be my peers in the program? How are research topics defined? What are the interests of faculty partners? Is the faculty involved in professional organizations? Faculty-student ratio Completion ratings of previous students Reputation and politics Would you have a cohort?
PhD Versus EdD Historically based in tradition, not differences Content analyses find few differences No difference found in admissions criteria EdD yields toward practitioners, PhD toward researchers EdD dissertations were reflective of local or regionals concerns while PhDs reached on a more national level Some evidence states that PhD dissertations use a higher level of statistical methods Be mindful of employment and goals PhD compared to union card for teaching
Should YOU pursue a doctoral education? Consider location Will your institution cover costs? Do you really want to go back into student loans? What is the financial pay-off? Can I make the time commitment? Full time student responsibilities? Support systems It has been a while …
Want more information? Google! ACPA, NASPA, and ACUHO-I Seek out information at conferences Network Talk to campus administrators and faculty