Currently, I am enrolled in the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Union Institute & University. My focus is on DIY and informal learning and alternative forms of credit. I also possess a Master’s of Science in Educational Computing from Buffalo State College and a BFA from the University at Buffalo, with a concentration in Photography.
At the time of my undergrad graduation, I was unsure in pursuing my education any further because I didn’t feel confident in going for a Master’s in Fine Art. I formed my own business and continued to get seasonal or odd jobs to make up for a consistent income. I took an interest in everything multimedia, but I could never find the right job that would allow me to utilize all my knowledge and skills. I then got an opportunity of a lifetime that would lead me in new directions, teaching at ITT in the Multimedia and CAD departments. This position allowed me to share my knowledge with the faculty and students, and also allowed me to progress in my comprehension of various software programs. I realized that since a career in higher education was something I wanted to pursue, I would have to continue my education.
After scouting different programs at various local schools, I decided on Buffalo State’s Educational Computing program. This program gave me the strength and knowledge to move into the field of Instructional Technology. I am now able to reach students and faculty with my knowledge and abilities. I really love learning and also giving back what I have learned. The program taught me more about myself and the possibilities for technology’s aid in education.
It quickly became a solid goal to pursue a doctoral degree. My search for the perfect program led me to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at Union Institute & University. The program allows me to analyze social justice and ethical issues through the lens of education and technology. The playing field of higher education is changing with new forms of credit coming down the pipeline and the growth of informal learning opportunities due to increased accessibility to the Internet and mobile devices. My hope is that my research in this degree will prepare me for positions that will be created in the future to help higher education adjust to these new paradigms.