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School of Behavioral and Health Sciences
• Dean's Introduction
• Feature Story
Doctoral Candidacy: Where Our Doctoral Students Make the Transition from Consumers of Information – to Creators of Information

On behalf of our remarkable research team assembled at The Graduate School, I’d like to again congratulate all of the amazing women and men who recently crossed the stage in Prescott Valley, AZ – and can now be called graduates of Northcentral University. It was truly an inspirational weekend, and if you’re currently a doctoral student, or perhaps contemplating whether or not no embark on this arduous, yet very rewarding academic journey, I want to personally assure you that at NCU, you will indeed receive some of the most extensive support and guidance in academia.

At The Graduate School, we are responsible for helping doctoral candidates make the transition from student to independent scholar as smooth as possible.  Our commitment to this level of foundational support is evidenced through our migration to full-time Graduate School Dissertation Chairs. If you are motivated, willing to work hard, and able to make this scholarly transition, you will have a great opportunity to succeed. It’s really about a change in mindset – becoming a lifelong scholar – it’s a transition from being a consumer of information to a creator of information.

Your dream of obtaining a doctorate is achievable, but it will require a significant amount of effort. You’ll be challenged to synthesize and integrate relevant concepts, and then generate ideas of your own. Again, rest assured that we have a robust support system in The Graduate School. For example, our full-time Dissertation Chairs have substantial experience guiding you through the process. It’s not always going to be black and white – research data often exhibit many shades of gray – but we’ll be here to provide direction, with the objective of helping you make this critical scholarly transition.

For our applied doctoral students, you will conduct research that leads to actionable outcomes. In other words, information that will inform practice in the industry. And for our research doctorates (PhD), your research will inform theory. It’s through this dynamic integration and synthesis of concepts that new ideas are born.


In closing, I’d like to congratulate Dr. Milton Kabia on winning our coveted Dissertation of the Year award. Kabia graduated from our School of Business and Technology Management, and his terminal degree in Computer and Information Security presented a fascinating look at work, experience, and certification in the global IT marketplace.

Dr. Kabia is the epitome of our most successful doctoral students. As a doctoral student, you have to be persistent and diligent, and I’m proud to share his story with you in this issue. This is a man who actually dropped out of Northcentral, transferred to another university, and then returned to our institution to face the academic challenge. He is truly a lifelong learner who is making a significant difference in his field. Having had an opportunity to spend some time with Dr. Kabia over graduation weekend, it is notable that he is a voracious reader with a high degree of intellectual curiosity. His dissertation research was compelling and written with significant clarity of thought. I truly believe we'll be hearing from Dr. Kabia often as he informs his field through ongoing scholarly research. Indeed, we are proud to call him one of our own. Finally, it is important to mention that Dr. Kabia has an amazing wife who continually kept him strong and steadfast. In that regard, his message is clear: You can’t do this alone.


At NCU’s Graduate School, you never will be alone. We’re here every step of the way to provide the needed guidance to help you achieve your academic goals.

Best regards,
Dr. Gregory T. Bradley

gbradley@ncu.edu

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