Four Isothermal staff members earn doctorates

Jun. 16, 2013 @ 10:38 AM

Four Isothermal Community College faculty and staff members earned doctoral degrees in several fields during the past academic year.

Dr. Kimberly Amos and Dr. April Cline, both instructors in Isothermal’s Practical Nursing Education program, each earned a Ph.D. in Education from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minn.

Amos wrote her dissertation on “Nursing Faculty Members’ Perspectives of Nursing – Faculty to Nursing – Faculty in Civility.”

Cline’s dissertation topic was “Most Likely to Achieve: Predicting Early Success of the Practical Nurse Student.”

Dr. Kelly Dedmon, an English instructor in Academic Development, earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, also from Capella University. Dedmon completed her dissertation on “Differences Between Perceived Satisfaction with Academic Advising of Underprepared Students Receiving Prescriptive Advising or Developmental Advising.”

Dr. Johnny Smith, the college’s dean of Learning Support and Retention, earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Appalachian State University. Smith’s dissertation investigated the perceptions of men participating in the North Carolina Community College System minority male mentoring programs.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of Drs. Amos, Cline, Dedmon and Smith,” said Walter Dalton, Isothermal’s president. “Their achievements are wonderful testaments to Isothermal’s mission to ‘improve life through learning’ – both in each one’s personal development and the consequent benefits for the students with whom each is involved.”