Alumni Group Overview
CDS Alumni Special Interest Group is dedicated to providing scholarship engagement, networking, career development, and entrepreneurship opportunities for students and alumni of the College of Doctoral Studies. This platform provides an additional outlet to exchange knowledge, skills, and abilities utilizing the guidance of fellow UOPX students, alumni, faculty, and researchers in both professional and social settings.
Mission. To create a community of doctoral-level alumni, students, professionals, and researchers to contribute to the University of Phoenix Research Hub, expand interest in the University of Phoenix doctoral programs, and provide opportunities to alumni to expand their careers and educational reputations.
Vision. The CDS Alumni Special Interest Group is committed to serving as a platform where Students and Alumni can network and engage in the exchange of knowledge, skills, and abilities through the assistance and guidance of their peers (i.e., faculty, University personnel, peers, etc.). We strive to fulfill a critical role within the success of Doctoral programs. We accomplish this vision by keeping pace with ever-changing academic advancements and resources. We envision our students and alumni needs even before they do and foster early adoption of advanced networking, career development, and entrepreneur technologies. By providing leading-edge innovation, we empower our students and alumni to create their own paths to success.
Objectives. The objectives are to provide a platform where doctoral-level students and alumni can network and engage in the exchange of knowledge, skills, and abilities through the assistance and guidance of fellow UOPX Alumni, faculty, researchers, leadership, and other peers.
The CDS Alumni Special Interest Group meet the objectives through the following approaches:
- Scholarship engagement --- through CDS Alumni Collaborative Projects, 15 collaborative research projects with 43 doctoral alumni and 2 faculty researchers completed in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Additional 3 collaborative research projects with 6 doctoral alumni and 2 faculty researchers in progress in 2022.
- Networking (Personal, Academic, Business, and Social) --- through the Research Hub, Knowledge Without Boundaries, and Alumni Guest Speaker Webinars, since Oct 2017, 20 webinars offered by successful alumni guest speakers who shared their doctoral journeys and impact of their degrees in their career advancement.
- Career development opportunities --- through Career Development Resources, Dissertation to Publication Workshop
- Entrepreneurship support among UOPX affiliates and business leaders --- through Resources and Alumni Guest Speaker Webinars
Leadership. CDS Alumni SIG has been established in Oct of 2017 by Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi. Since 2017, Dr. Kebritchi leads the group. Dr. Sandy Nunn co-led the group in 2018 and 2019. Dr. Louise Underdahl co-leads the group in 2020.