Alumni Spotlight: John D’Ascenzo

Alumni Spotlight: John D’Ascenzo

This week’s spotlight focuses on John D’Ascenzo, DM. He completed the Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership program in 2016. Dr. D’Ascenzo owns his own business, John D’Ascenzo Music Services, and a professional musician and music educator.

We asked Dr. D’Ascenzo about his doctoral journey. Read on to learn more about his experience as a Phoenix.

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What was the defining moment that led to your decision to pursue your doctorate?

I retired from the School District of Philadelphia as an Instrumental Music Specialist and Program Leader in 2010 after 35 years to supervise my grandchildren. Reflection in 2010 regarding my future involved fulfilling a goal to earn a doctorate in business rather than music or education. I began my studies in October 2011 at the age of 57.

What is the biggest lesson you learned from your doctoral journey?

Collaboration rather than individual actions produces successful outcomes.

What enhancements have you seen in your leadership capabilities?

The ability to seek and achieve collaboration with confidence as well as supporting actions with current research.

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

My approach to problem-solving involves a confidence that was lacking in the past. I am giving presentations to NPOs regarding volunteerism with a higher level of professionalism.

What’s next for you now that you are a doctor?

I am co-authoring a book with my Dissertation Chair: Dr. Larry Ellis that will serve as a guide to students contemplating the doctoral journey. I am in the beginning stages of conducting a study regarding the recruiting and retention of candidates for community music ensembles.

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

Reach out continually for advice and support in venues such as: PhoenixConnect, The Alumni Mentor Program or join a Research Center in the Research Hub.

We wish Dr. D’Ascenzo the best of luck in his ongoing research and the publication of his book. Thank you for choosing UOPX to complete your doctoral degree!