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Brandman Ed.D. students making a difference

March 23, 2016 by Cindy O'Dell

It’s only been a year since the first class of Brandman University Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in organizational leadership students were defending their dissertations, ordering their hoods and robes for commencement and taking what they learned into the wider world. Subsequent classes are starting to make a difference as well. Here’s what some students are doing:

Sherri Prosser, a member of the Gamma Ed.D. class, is now the vice principal of Student Services at Palmdale High School where she focuses on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). She credits her transformational change project, “Redesigning PBIS Tier I Universal Supports,” with giving her the expertise to earn her new position. “Although it is not a promotion, it allows me to work in a much more direct and influential manner with staff as well as support the school with testing and master scheduling duties.” Her transformational change project was created at Littlerock High School and because of its success there is now in place at two schools in the Antelope Valley.

Lee-Volker Cox

Lee-Volker Cox

Lee-Volker Cox, a member of the Beta Ed.D. class, is one of five new members of the Allan Hancock College Foundation’s board of directors. A retired, U.S. Air Force colonel, Cox is scheduled to defend his dissertation at the end of March. Allan Hancock College serves community college students in northern Santa Barbara County including the communities of Santa Maria, Lompoc, Vandenberg Air Force Base and Solvang.

Kristine DiMemmo, a current Ed.D. student recently spoke at  Advancing Student Success: From Plan to Action Conference in Sacramento. Her topic, “Integration of a Cohort Model in a Community College,” is also her dissertation topic.

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