Four VC faculty, staff earn doctoral degrees
Dr. Deb Butler
Dr. Deb Butler

Four Victoria College faculty and staff members earned doctoral degrees during the past academic year.

Dr. Deb Butler, curriculum and instruction design specialist, earned an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction–Teaching from the University of Houston. In her dissertation, Butler tries to help future teachers become aware of the types of knowledge they already possess in order to alleviate some of the hurdles that most first-year teachers undergo as they struggle to reconcile their roles as teachers instead of as students.

Dr. Betsy Crane, dean of the Division of Career, Health and Technical Professions, earned an EdD in Higher Education from Texas Tech University. Her dissertation was titled “Case Study Analysis of Effects of Professional Development Participation on Community College Faculty Use of Active Learning Strategies.”

Dr. Helen Dvorak, director of Distance Education and Instructional Technology, also earned an EdD in Higher Education from Texas Tech University. Her dissertation topic was “A Collective Case Study Analysis of Faculty Perceptions of and Experiences with Distance Learning Institutional Policies and their Effects on the Faculty Role.”

Dr. Patricia Rehak, director of Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Assessment, earned a PhD in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences with a Higher Education Specialization from the University of Houston. Rehak’s dissertation was titled “Inside the Community College Developmental Math Classroom: Understanding Differences between Faculty and Students’ Attitudes and Experiences.”

“We congratulate Drs. Butler, Crane, Dvorak and Rehak for their achievements,” said Dr. Tom Butler, VC president. “Their personal commitment to learning not only serves the College well, but stands as an example to all VC faculty, staff and students.”

Dr. Betsy Crane
Dr. Betsy Crane
Dr. Helen Dvorak
Dr. Helen Dvorak
Dr. Patricia Rehak
Dr. Patricia Rehak
Published: Wednesday, 05 August 2015
 

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