New EdD cohort welcomes student affairs to the mix

EdD feature story

Brad Kinsinger was facing a decision. In search of a Ph.D. program, he saw great opportunities, though it would mean a move. Then he learned about the new postsecondary education: student affairs intensive study area (ISA) within the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program at the University of Northern Iowa College of Education.

“This program has provided a path to pursue my doctoral degree in a scenario where we didn't have to uproot our family and I could continue working in a position at Hawkeye that I love,” says Kinsinger, currently the director of the Global Agriculture Learning Center at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. 

Kinsinger joined a total, combined cohort of 32 students for the 2020 kick-off of a revamped doctoral program focused on meeting the needs of part-time, working students like him. Now a combination of online and hybrid learning offered in conjunction with UNI Online and Distance Education, students attain a degree through a streamlined 48-hour plan of study--down from 60. 

In addition to the new PSE ISA, the program encompasses three other ISAs: educational leadership (includes special education director), curriculum and instruction and allied health and community services. The emphasis of this initial cohort is educational leadership and PSE. 

The addition of the PSE ISA is actually a revival. David Schmid, assistant professor and ISA coordinator with the Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies, was in the last class to earn its PSE doctoral degrees at UNI before that iteration closed in 2011. Since then, as a faculty member leading the master’s-level PSE program, he had received ongoing inquiries. “I knew that we had a market and could serve a need, so it was brought up for discussion and happily accepted as a new ISA beginning with this fall’s cohort,” he says.

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