SAS Alumni Spotlight: Catherine Terry

SAS Alumni Spotlight: Catherine Terry

This spotlight features recent SAS graduate Catherine Terry, PhD. Dr. Terry recently completed her dissertation under the guidance of Chair Dr. Keri Heitner and received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration.

Dr. Terry’s dissertation topic was “Student Evaluation Ratings: Examining Predictive Relationships Between Students’ Ratings and Course Satisfaction.” Since its completion, she has already submitted to and been accepted to present at the 2016 AERA conference. She has also completed two journal manuscripts based on this research, one of which has been submitted to the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. A second is planned for submission to Educational Researcher.

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Despite her success so far, publishing and presenting were not her original intent in joining the PhD program. Initially, the decision stemmed from the desire to advance her career in higher education. Following completion of her degree, Dr. Terry received the Associate Provost for Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness position at Lipscomb University. “I could not be more pleased. I see myself in this role for a long time,” she said. “I feel more confident in my position in higher education administration. I have always had the commitment to improving higher education and now I have the degree supporting my commitment.” She credits much of her success to her support network of family, friends, dissertation chair and committee, colleagues, and University of Phoenix faculty.  

As for students considering or beginning an advanced degree from the School of Advanced Studies? Here is her advice: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. You can do it. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

Dr. Terry was nominated by Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research Center Chair Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi. Dr. Kebritchi says, “[Dr. Terry] is a role model for our doctoral students.”

Thank you, Dr. Terry, for your dedication to higher education and for giving back to the research community. Best of luck in your new position and in future research efforts!