Episode 5: Bryan VanGronigen

On our fifth episode we will be talking with Bryan A. VanGronigen, a fourth year doctoral candidate and soon to be graduate at the University of VA in the Curry School of Education and Human Development.  Bryan is also the former graduate assistant at UVA to the UCEA graduate student council. Bryan shares about his background as an educator and how that’s informed his research agenda. Bryan also discusses the importance of networking and how graduate students can connect with other grad students and professors.

Episode 4: Courtney Bell

On our fourth episode we will be talking with Courtney Bell, a third year doctoral student in the Educational Policy and Leadership PhD program at the University of Minnesota.  Courtney is going to talk about her background as a practitioner and how she combines both her teaching and research. She also provides us with perspective from the K-12 classroom; working full time while getting her doctorate and the challenges that can arise.

Episode 3: Dr. Nakia Gray-Nicolas

On our third episode, we talk with Dr. Nakia Gray-Nicolas, who is in her first year as an assistant professor at Queens College which is a part of the City University of New York (CUNY) public university system in New York City.  She graduated from NYU’s Educational Leadership at the Steinhardt School of Education, Culture and Human Development.  She talks about her background and research interests, honesty about managing the brutal parts of the doctoral journey, and advice for when you are applying for jobs.  

Episode 2: Mariama Nagbe

On our second episode, we will be talking with Mariama Nagbe who describes herself as Detroit grounded, Ann Arbor established and Austin elevated. She is a second year doctoral student studying higher education leadership at The University of Texas at Austin. Mariama shares her journey to gain entry to a doctoral program, financial realities, and finding her voice and passion over the last two years.

Episode 1: Dr. Kevin Clay

On this episode, we are talking with Kevin Clay who just recently navigated the dissertation stage and job market experience. As a new graduate from doctoral program, he will share some gems with us that he’s learned along the way. From finding mentors to writing a dissertation with newborn twins.