Doc@Distance Students Begin their Journey to Success

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by Chelsea McQueen

Getting an advanced degree is a frequent desire for working professionals. However, finding the time and the method to get the degree while supporting a family can make it difficult. That is where the Doc@Distance program can help.

Doc@Distance is a joint program between Texas A&M and Texas Tech universities that was created to give mid-career professionals the opportunity to obtain their doctorate degree in agricultural education from a distance.

“I am really excited to get the opportunity to be able to get my doctorate while working and without having to move,” said Kalynn Baldock, agriculture Instructor from Eastern New Mexico University and incoming D@D student.

Originating in 2000, this is the first program of its kind. Students from all over the country can take advantage of Texas A&M and Texas Tech university’s Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications programs.

Over the course of two years, students will work with faculty and staff members from both universities.

“I am looking forward to meeting the faculty who will be helping me reach my goals, as well as learning what will be included in the program,” Baldock said. There are 18 students who will participate in the program starting in fall 2015. They make up the seventh cohort in the D@D program.

These students will visit the campuses of both universities to meet their fellow classmates and the faculty.  Their first meeting will be August 17-19 in Lubbock. Along with the students, 13 faculty and one staff member from Texas A&M will be joining them.

“It will be neat to have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the other participants,” Baldock said.

These professionals are very excited to get started in this new chapter of their lives.

“I can’t wait to start researching and preparing my dissertation,” she said.

If you are interested in participating in this unique program, applications for the eight eighth cohort, beginning in Fall 2017, will open January 2, 2017. For more information about the program, follow the link below.

http://alec.tamu.edu/academics/distance-education/joint-edd-program/

If you have any questions about Doc@Distance please contact Clarice Fulton, graduate program coordinator, 2116 TAMU, 600 John Kimbrough Blvd., College Station, Texas 77843-2116, 979-862-7180, or cfulton@tamu.edu.

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