Higher Education

College Student Services Director: Education, Salary, and Outlook

By The Room 241 Team January 14, 2020

College student services directors take on vital roles on campuses across the U.S. and around the world. They manage all functions in student affairs and student services departments, including overseeing their college’s financial assistance programs, coordinating student work and volunteer opportunities, and implementing strategies for increasing student enrollment and participation in the school’s various programs… Read More

Provost: Education, Salary, and Outlook

By The Room 241 Team December 30, 2019

The school provost reports directly to the college or university president. This position comes with weighty responsibilities, but it can be exciting, too. The provost is responsible for implementing academic priorities for the university and creating the direction of the curricula, as well as allocating the resources to support each initiative. The position requires working… Read More

Department Chair: Education, Salary, and Outlook

By The Room 241 Team December 27, 2019

Department chairs stand on the front lines of education, handling a great deal of preparation work each semester. These professionals might spend all summer working on revisions to the curricula and training teachers about the changes. The start of the school year can be a rush of meeting students, on-boarding new teachers to the department,… Read More

Building On Momentum: Earning an EdD Right After Grad School

By The Room 241 Team December 6, 2019

Having a clear and realistic understanding of future career paths and how an EdD degree will help in achieving those career goals is important to your success. Continuing straight into an EdD program immediately following graduate studies can allow a more focused approach. Holders of doctoral degrees are considered leaders in their fields and regularly… Read More

We’re pleased to welcome Gary Railsback to the College of Education faculty team. As our new professor of doctoral studies and methodology coordinator, Gary will be working with EdD candidates and their faculty committees in the supervision of research methodologies for doctoral dissertation research. We interviewed Gary to learn more about him and his new… Read More

An Army veteran and passionate teacher, Daniel Carpenter, PhD, is one of our highly regarded associate professors. Carpenter has served as a teacher, administrator, soccer coach, and university professor, as well as a consultant to organizations such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As well as helping educators advance… Read More

Meet the Faculty: Christopher Maddox, Doctoral Faculty Chair

By The Room 241 Team January 16, 2019

A world traveler and passionate servant leader, Christopher Maddox, PhD, is one of our highly regarded doctoral faculty chairs. Maddox has worked with students of all ages (from kindergarteners to doctoral candidates) and has served as a K-12 teacher, a librarian, and a professor. When he’s not helping educators advance through our MEd and EdD programs, he’s busy coaching educators… Read More

One of the biggest concerns in higher education institutions is finding an effective way to increase student retention in an online environment. Lisa Fee, EdD, decided to examine this in her dissertation, “Online Orientation: An Investigation of Its Effect on Graduate Students’ First-Course Retention.” Fee earned her Doctorate of Education in Higher Education from Concordia University-Portland and is… Read More

Meet the Faculty: Barbara Weschke, Doctoral Faculty Chair

By The Room 241 Team January 8, 2019

Barbara Weschke, PhD is a distinguished leader with expertise in educational administration, teacher leadership, and curriculum development, and we’re proud to say she’s one of Concordia University-Portland’s faculty chairs for our EdD program. Read on to learn about her work with educators, her advice for doctoral candidates, and more. As an instructor who has also led… Read More

Sometimes we realize what we’re meant to do later in life, and engaging in purpose-driven work often motivates us to achieve more than we thought possible. Tina Wilson, a special education teacher from South Carolina, became an educator after getting married and having children, and that was just her beginning. She continued to advance her… Read More

How My EdD Dissertation Has Benefited My Career

By The Room 241 Team November 17, 2018

Interested in earning your EdD but not sure how it will benefit your career? Excited to advance your practice but feeling uneasy about the dissertation? What better way to find out more than by asking those with first-hand experience? Concordia University-Portland’s doctoral program prepares current and emerging leaders to become transformational change agents, impacting PreK-12… Read More

I recently explained my strategies for structuring a class so that students would have a sense of its direction and purpose. In this entry, I will focus on how to fill class time with learning activities designed specifically for adults by using a personal example. Background on adult learners Before discussing ways to keep adults… Read More

Most teachers have, at some point, looked out over their class and noticed that, despite their best efforts, the students seemed disengaged. No matter at what level of the curriculum you teach, holding your students’ attention can be one the most difficult aspect of instruction, especially in today’s media-permeated classrooms. Keeping adult learners interested can… Read More

Meet the Faculty: Candis Best, Doctoral Faculty Chair

By The Room 241 Team October 18, 2018

With a wealth of experiences as a lawyer, an entrepreneur, and a CEO within one of the nation’s largest public hospital systems, Candis Best, JD, MBA, MS, PhD, is one of Concordia University-Portland’s highly accomplished doctoral chairs. Whether you’re currently enrolled in our Doctorate of Education program or considering your options, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy learning about Best as we… Read More

Working to create positive change in education seems to constantly be at the forefront of Frederic Washington’s mind. Washington recently earned his EdD in Transformational Leadership from Concordia University-Portland and has served in the field in a variety of ways, from substitute teacher to policy consultant to academic counselor. I connected with Washington to learn more… Read More