Alumni Spotlight: Laura McLaughlin Taddei '12
MEd, Cabrini College
BA, Business, Immaculata University
Ridley Park, PA
Assistant Professor of Education
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in higher education leadership at widener?
I decided to pursue my doctorate in higher education leadership because I was working in higher education and felt I finally found my niche. I knew that the program at Widener would provide me with opportunities for career advancement and provide me with knowledge that I could use right away on the job.
This was really important to me that I could obtain my doctorate but also balance life and work at the same time. My experience provided me with practical tools, lifelong friendships, and opportunities for career advancement right away.
if you were to do your college experience at widener again, what wouldn't you change?
The most valuable aspect that came out of my experience as a student at Widener was the friendships I formed with two of my classmates. We collaborated and worked together on everything from coursework, comprehensive exams, dissertation research, and even now on publications.
We became lifelong friends who helped each other academically, personally and professionally. I am thankful for finding these kinds of friendships through my program at Widener.
My Professional Experience
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your graduate program?
I would tell a prospective student to start researching from the beginning what they think they want to complete for their dissertation. Also, find classmates that they connect with and collaborate. Collaborate on everything and also make time to socialize a little bit too. These are lifelong connections that they will be glad they took the time to make.
I would also suggest that they come up with a timeline for everything and stick with it. They can complete the program in a timely manner if they stick to their timeline and persevere.
what do you like most about your current position?
In my current position, I am able to use a lot of the concepts I learned at Widener. I also have a mix of administrative and academic responsibilities which I really enjoy. I have been able to integrate much of what I learned during my doctoral program into what I do on a daily basis. For example, I am the chair of the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Committee. My coursework and program at Widener prepared me to hold a leadership position like this and really enjoy the role as well.