Higher Education

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Program in Higher Education

Dr. Timothy M. Sullivan, director of Widener's graduate programs in Higher Education, offers a brief introduction.

The Doctoral Program in Higher Education Leadership is one of the only programs in the tri-state region designed specifically for professionals working within higher education.

Our students represent a wide range of administrative leadership roles in areas such as academic affairs, institutional advancement, enrollment management, student affairs, finance, assessment and institutional effectiveness, and community and civic engagement. Doctoral students also hold faculty positions and academic leadership roles related to teaching, assessment of learning, workplace learning and training, and professional development.

At Widener, higher education doctoral candidates develop leadership skills grounded in scholarship, educational research, and best practices. Our program faculty holds academic credentials in Higher Education and represent extensive experience and backgrounds in senior leadership and faculty roles. Students find a customized approach to earning their doctoral degree including face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning communities. They can shape and tailor their dissertation to support their area of focus and desired career goals. Students can build upon their prior education and professional experiences, and focus their doctoral studies in ways that create applications to their daily work.

Widener faculty members work closely with degree candidates to help them succeed. Graduate students in the higher education doctoral program find supportive and respected faculty to build a foundation for career enrichment and success in higher education. Encouraged by strong mentoring and a high level of personal attention, students learn how to increase their effectiveness as higher education leaders.

Widener's Programs in Higher Education attracts students seeking a doctoral program with an established track record of successful graduates. The Doctoral Program in Higher Education is designed for higher education administrators and faculty who seek an alternative to traditional programs and are invested in advancing their career options. The program also serves adults in transition to higher education from related fields such as corporate training and education, adult and continuing education, nonprofit leadership, and government higher education-related policy roles.

The Doctoral Program in Higher Education Leadership offers two tracks: the administrative track is designed for individuals focused on administrative leadership roles in areas such as student affairs, academic affairs, enrollment management, institutional advancement, assessment and institutional effectiveness, community and civic engagement and finance. The academic track is designed for individuals focused on faculty roles and leadership careers related to effectiveness of teaching and learning, curriculum, and assessment.

This flexible, part-time program provides adult practitioners with a variety of learning options including face-to-face, hybrid, and accelerated courses, practicum experiences, and options for research project studies. Join other higher education leaders from around the region who have discovered the career impact of Widener's Higher Education Leadership program.

To learn more about the Doctoral Program in Higher Education Leadership, please contact Dr. Timothy M. Sullivan, Director of Programs in Higher Education. He can be reached at tmsullivan@widener.edu.