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Is there a doctor in the house?

April 13th, 2010
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My father often says, “if I get to the point where I think I know everything, I might as well be dead. There is no point to living if I’m not learning.” These words have always resonated. Everyday, I set out to learn something new and everyday I do just that; I learn. These learning moments help fill my life with joy and with purpose. They make life interesting and fun.

It’s probably not a big surprise that I am a huge fan of higher education. I’ve enjoyed being both a student and an educator. Although, I’m always learning and always teaching, I’ve maintained the official roles of student and educator at separate times; this is about to change.

Last week, I received a letter that started with this:

Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that the doctoral faculty committee has recommended you for acceptance to the Doctoral program in Learning and Leadership at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Fall 2010. This decision was reached following a thorough and holistic review of your qualifications. This will certainly be an exciting period of learning for you and all of us associated with the program.

I’m not sure when I first through that earning a doctoral degree was something I was keen on pursuing. I vaguely remember thoughts of wanting to be a doctor when I was in elementary school but I’ve always been squeamish around blood and I also remember wanting to be an astronaut, a ballerina, and Jean-Luc Picard’s wife. Obviously, not all dreams can be realized. As I began going full throttle with improving web education, I began to understand that I wanted to further my own education.

Some people will wonder why I have decided to advance my education when I already have earned a terminal degree in my field. I’m not sure why I wouldn’t want to learn more. I am sure that I don’t know everything and that learning is rewarding. I also want to set a positive example for my students and for my 20-year old niece (who Shaun and I are guardians of) and let them know that even though not all dreams can be realized, many goals can be accomplished. I want them to see that education is important and worth the time and effort that goes into earning a degree. So in Fall 2010 I’ll embark on a new journey; I’ll begin earning a Doctor of Education degree in Learning and Leadership.

I’m extremely fortunate and really excited to be earning this degree at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). This degree will afford me the latitude to continue to dedicate my time and resources to both web topics and web education. It’s truly wonderful that the degree I researched and wanted pursue is actually, offered right here at UTC. Earning my MFA in Integrated Design at The University of Baltimore lead me on the path of all things Teach the Web, InterACT, the InterACT book and OWEA. I’m completely stoked to start the next phase of this web education adventure and see where earning my doctoral degree leads.

Categories UTC, Education, Doctorate

ralph says

Apr 13th, 2010 at 7:20 am

Wo0t! Congratulations, Leslie!

Jason Griffey says

Apr 13th, 2010 at 8:01 am

Congrats! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the program…I’ve considered doing exactly the same thing. Maybe I’ll join you in a couple of years. :-)

Shaun Inman says

Apr 13th, 2010 at 10:12 am

In honor of this exciting development I will be shaving my head to match the advanced male pattern baldness of your dream-husband ;)

Ms. Jen says

Apr 13th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Congrats, Lesile! I am very excited for you. ;o)

Phil says

Apr 13th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Congratulations, Leslie!

It’s really great that all the fantastic work you’ve been doing over the last few years to advance web education is getting the recognition it deserves.

Many, many, best wishes for your own continuing education :)

goodwitch says

Apr 14th, 2010 at 9:41 am

Leslie, this is awesome! You are blazing new trails and forever changing the landscape of web education. (and I’m thinking we could ask Shaun to legally change his name to Jean Luc ;)

Lars Gunther says

Apr 14th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Go Leslie!

Alissa Jones says

Apr 14th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Congratulations! I never had a doubt that you wouldn’t get in:)

Ed Gold says

Apr 16th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I couldn’t be happier or prouder of your energy and your accomplishments. You’ve made MY life more meaningful. Thank you.

Doug Schepers says

Apr 19th, 2010 at 12:46 am

Great news, Leslie! You rock.

doug says

May 5th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I’m thrilled to read that there are others who feel that design intersects with education (the discipline, not the process) in this way. I’m doing this too, though obviously not at your institution, and I wish that I had done so fifteen years ago when I happily bounded out school with a mere undergraduate degree.