NCU Enrollment Advisor Pursues Her Own PhD in Education

Gloria Turner

For the past six years, Gloria Turner has been an NCU Enrollment Advisor, but soon the PhD in Education candidate hopes to be an NCU professor.

Turner, who has her MBA and will graduate in July 2016 with her doctorate degree, was encouraged by the students she advises and other NCU professors to pursue her own PhD.

“NCU professors told me that once I had my PhD, I would be surprised at the opportunities that would open up,” said Turner.

Having worked for other online institutions, Turner knew that NCU was the place for her to pursue her doctoral degree. The flexibility of pursuing a degree, 100% online, no group projects and the one-to-one learning model were the main factors that encouraged her to attend.

“NCU’s learning platform is the best in our industry,” she said. “The mentoring learning model, coupled with NCU’s strong resources like its library, would provide me with the education I needed.”

Turner is about to defend her dissertation, “Understanding the Lived Experience of Vocational High School Teachers Transferring Real Work Skills,” which focuses on instructors teaching subjects they haven’t pursued professionally and how to transfer skills to students you may not have yourself.

As a former online high school instructor, Turner struggled with the limited resources available for students to explore career opportunities that fit their skills and interests. Through interviews with high school officials, she discovered that the business community is disappointed with the lack of skills recent graduates possess when entering the workforce. These companies are encouraging high school administrators to include vocational training and more in-depth career planning programs to better prepare students.

Turner hopes one day to create a vocational course track that helps students with career planning.