Dr. Cabellon's recent doctoral research focused on the historical use of digital technology by Student Affairs administrators in higher education from 2005-2015. Other research interests include first-generation student retention through social networks, faculty use of digital technology to improve pedagogy, and college student digital identity development.
PENDING DISSERTATION TOPIC AND METHODOLOGY
As I wrap up my doctoral coursework at Johnson and Wales University this weekend, I wanted to share my pending dissertation topic and methodology in hopes for any feedback you may have as I start to write my dissertation proposal this summer. Certainly, I have had my mind on a technology in higher education related topic for quite sometime, bouncing around from ideas including “Retaining First Generation College Students Through Twitter” and “Shifting Faculty Perceptions of Classroom Use of Social Media.”
ADVICE FOR NEW DOCTORAL STUDENTS
I am currently in the dissertation phase of my pursuit of a doctoral degree in Education at Johnson and Wales University! This means that my coursework and comprehensive exams are over and I am fully into the research, writing, editing, etc. that comes in the final stages of the doctoral journey. A few years ago, my friend and colleague Jeff Jackson wrote a post highlighting advice for me when I began my doctoral journey. With many friends and colleagues starting their coursework this fall, I wanted to pay it forward and briefly share some lessons learned and advice from my first year … with the goal of demystifying what it means to be in a doctoral classroom.
ONE SEMESTER COMPLETE: WHAT I’VE LEARNED
The first semester of my doctoral work was a complete blur that flew by faster than I could have imagined. Over the last month, I have had a lot of time to unwind and reflect on what I learned and what I wanted to focus on this term. As I begin the second semester of my doctoral work tonight at Johnson and Wales University, I wanted to briefly share some thoughts that will help frame this next semester and help keep me accountable to the work I have ahead.