Allison Medlin, the director of NC State University’s Goodnight Scholars Program, chose to earn her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at the College of Education to position herself as a leader in higher education at the university. But she didn’t expect that the program’s research experiences would revolutionize the way she works and interacts with students.
She shares how an encounter during a pilot study in her Educational Research and Policy Analysis program area of study transformed the way she understands and supports students on campus. The following as-told-to is edited from an interview.
When I enrolled in my doctoral program at the NC State College of Education, I approached it pragmatically. A Ph.D. is the currency when