PhD in Educational Studies Individually Designed

PhD in Educational Studies: Individually Designed

Gain an advanced degree with a program that you can tailor to your unique professional and educational objectives. Combine interdisciplinary study with scholarly inquiry.

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Program Director: Individually Designed

Caroline HellerAssociate Professor Dr. Caroline Heller is director of the Individually Designed Ph.D. Program. Her interests include research, journalism, and writing. Read a Boston Globe review of her recently-published memoir, Reading Claudius. Full Profile »

Dean's Scholarships: PhD Recipients 2016-17

Applicants for the 2016-17 Dean's Scholarship Awards were asked to write a statement that explains how their research "has the potential to inform educational programs or practices that advance social justice." Below are the three award recipients (one from each specialization) and a short synopsis of the focus of their research.

Kristopher Merceran, Adult Learning and Development: investigation of the impact of mentoring on African-American college students in both formal mentoring programs and informal mentoring relationships, and the effect of the relationships on students' desire, motivation, and ability to pursue leadership roles on campus and in their communities.

Subal Rozario, Educational Leadership: educational equity for underserved students in higher education in Bangladesh, specifically the various ways educational leadership at Notre Dame University in Bangladesh provides equity for underserved students from ethnic and religious minorities and low-income families whose members have not previously earned a degree.

Elizabeth Lee, Individually Designed: family/school relationships from the perspective of family engagement programs and policy, sociology of the family, and social policies. She will shed light on these complex family-school relationships, aiming to bring the poorest, quietest, often most marginalized families into more agentive participation in educational decisions.