SAS Student Spotlight: Terri Jones-Meineke

SAS Student Spotlight: Terri Jones-Meineke

Today’s spotlight focuses on Terri Jones-Meineke, MBA, a SAS student living in Kansas and studying under the Doctor of Health Administration program. Currently she works at St. Luke’s South in Overland Park, KS and her second residency is coming up in August.

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She originally pursued a higher education to become a researcher, academic, and writer and is already on the way, having joined in the efforts at the Center for Healthcare Research. Underneath Research Chair Dr. James Gillespie, she is working on a research group headed by Dr. Louis Underdahl. The group is working on a conceptual paper about the GRIT and physician retention and her team is developing the literature review. The team hopes to have the paper submitted this year for publication.

We became aware of her efforts through participation at our most recent Knowledge Without Boundaries event in Atlanta. She flew in for the event to take part in the face-to-face networking. Afterward, she had this to say: “I learned so much about the dissertation process, steps for success, and insight from students who are a few years ahead of me. I was able to network with chairpersons, faculty, and other students. It was a wonderful experience to meet part of my research team in person and speak to fell classmates.”

When asked if she would you recommend attending the event to others, she said yes and explained why, “The connections you make at functions such as KWOB will be with the people you need to communicate with to complete your dissertation and pass your oral defense.”

Read on for more about her doctoral experience and where she’s headed.

How has your doctoral experience changed your personal/professional life? 

I schedule my time more efficiently to accommodate my personal life and professional life. I have learned to question research results and search for validity in statements instead of accepting everything at face value. I believe this adds to the richness of the experience and knowledge.

What enhancements have you seen in your leadership capabilities?

Pursuing my doctorate has allowed me to develop a sense of achievement which is helping me to build self-esteem and confidence. I take these core characteristics with me when leading a team project or interacting with medical staff and patients.

How has the School of Advanced Studies supported your research interests?

SAS encourages involvement with KWOB and joining a Research Center. Originally, I thought the research project would be daunting. I soon realized it is in alignment with my dissertation and I am able to utilize my current research and incorporate into the research paper I am working on with Dr. Underdahl and the team.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering the SAS doctoral program or to a student just starting out in the program?

Anything is possible. I have four kids, a granddaughter, husband, cat, and a fulltime job that requires me to take call for a medical facility. I am still able to study for my classes and conduct research for The Center for Healthcare Research as well as my dissertation. Time management is KEY!  Utilize the tools that are available such as Google calendar, Riverpoint, librarian, Grammarly, and much more. Take time for yourself to exercise, eat right, 8 hours of sleep, bubble baths, and massages. Family must understand the importance of study time and private time. It all just works if you can organize all of the events.

What’s next for you after graduation?

I wish to continue my research efforts within the field of healthcare. I would love to continue to publish, teach, and lead my own research team. Obtaining a fellowship and mentoring other doctoral students is a goal of mine.

Thank you for your effort in helping to grow the community of scholarship here at University of Phoenix. Good luck with your dissertation and your ongoing projects!

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