Are you developmentally ready for that PhD?

Starting PhD work isn’t something to be taken lightly.  First, there are the logistics: Is it the right time in your career to start a PhD? Do you have the time and money to dedicate to it? What program do you chose? For what purpose?  Are you seeking an executive-type program or a research-focused program? The second set of questions, however, are some that I think are too often overlooked: Are you ready for the rigor and level of thinking required? Are you at a place in your developmental journey to maximize… Read More

A Visual Way of Understanding Student Development Theory

There are a handful books that I refer to as my “life changers,” or works that had a profound impact on me and my thinking long after I finished reading them.  One of these works is Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott.  Flatland is not only wonderfully geeky and nerdy, but it also forces one to think about reality beyond our current understanding. Flatland is also a great way of understanding student development and stage-based developmental theories, visually.  In the presentation below, we’ll follow the adventures of A. Square.  Literally, a square, that… Read More