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This weekend, we celebrated our graduating doctoral students. Family, friends, faculty and staff joined graduates in commemorating this huge accomplishment. Take a look at some of the photos from the celebrations.
As the college’s social media specialist, Melissa is often behind the scenes creating content. This weekend, she enters the spotlight as she graduates with her master’s degree in instructional design and technology, as well as a graduate certificate in e-learning, design, development and delivery.
Ironically, Melissa’s introduction to the Instructional Design and Technology program came by way of a social media post she was tasked with gathering information for. She interviewed department chair Richard Hartshorne, who said the program was perfect for anyone interested in designing innovative and engaging training and educational programs.
Originally from Mexico, Melissa spent the earlier years of her career teaching English to teenagers and young children. The satisfaction of knowing that she was impacting somebody's life by teaching them another language was unparalleled. The idea of being able to combine her teaching and technical skills in one program piqued her interest.
“It sounded interesting, the way he explained it, and I've always wanted to pursue a graduate degree. I like teaching, I like learning, and I have a lot of technical skills like video editing, photography, writing and interviewing that I can transfer to the instructional design field.”
She began the program in Summer 2020 and has gained invaluable skills, such as accessibility guidance and development implementation, that have helped her in her current role.
“One of the most important things that was instilled in me was grounding your learning experiences or whatever content you're creating in research. That really helped me be more analytical of the terminal goal of any project I’m working on, making sure that the steps we take to get there are clear and relevant.”
Having achieved that goal she set for herself years ago, Melissa is thankful for all the support she’s received along the way that has contributed to her success.
“I want to thank my wife for putting up with me working late nights and weekends. My sister for her unconditional love. My mom and dad for always pushing me to be my very best and who provided me with the support and education I needed to succeed – especially English classes, because then I would not be able to be in another country working."
Lucas Alward becomes the first in his family to graduate with a doctorate this weekend. “It means so much, especially as a first-generation student.”
Alward joined UCF’s criminal justice doctoral program back in 2018. “I was fortunate to meet some of the faculty at several research conferences prior to accepting. The opportunity to help shape the program and have a lasting legacy on this program was too good to pass up.”
Alward’s doctoral research focused on the relationship between probation officers and clients,
specifically looking at the factors that influence a stronger relationship, and how improving this relationship can impact supervision outcomes.
“Research showed that when individuals who are on probation perceive that they're treated fairly and with respect, as well as have the opportunity to share their views, they're much more likely to report a higher quality relationship with their officers. Understanding these relationships is important as they may help instill other markers of success, such as positive attitudinal outcomes and self-efficacy."
Alward is excited to continue impacting the next generation of criminal justice practitioners as he joins Boise State University as an assistant professor.
"I'm looking forward to continuing my research by collaborating with criminal justice agencies to understand current issues and help improve the criminal justice system. But also, the opportunity to work with students; mentoring the next generation of academia and professionals.”