As I stated on my home page, I spent over twenty years working in the world of academia. During that time I worked at colleges and universities (all of them were nonprofit–state universities and private colleges) until I was hired for a Director position at a “for-profit” institute back in 2008 that only lasted seven months (ending in early 2009). I considered my short tenure there to be a bump in the road considering my twenty-year career in the field of Student Affairs/Student Services up until that point, and I immediately started a nationwide job hunt to find another Student Affairs position.
I had several very successful interviews in my first few months of unemployment, and I was one of the final candidates in several searches, but something always kept me from getting the job. However, not one of the search committees had any concerns regarding my brief experience at the “for profit” institute as “for profits” are known in the industry to be somewhat of a different “breed of cat.” And in my twenty-year career in higher education, I had never encountered a problem finding another position until I lost this particular job.
In the world of higher education, the differences between nonprofits and for-profits and the challenges facing for-profit higher education are well known (see January/February 2017 article titled, “The Rise and Fall of For-Profit Higher Education,” by William Beaver, Ph.D., professor of social science at Robert Morris University, in “American Association of University Professors” (AAUP). Some of the main challenges regarding for-profits are stated in this article.
After an extensive job search of several years, I was never able to find another job in my profession. I was (and I still am) at a total loss to understand why I was not able to secure another Student Affairs position again considering that I had a stellar twenty-year career in Student Affairs/Student Services; excellent credentials including a Master’s degree in higher education/student personnel services from a state university, and Doctoral studies in adult education; a strong work ethic, and excellent references. So what gives? Who knows at this point in time.
Prior to my career in higher education which began in my mid-30’s when I went back to college to earn a master’s degree, I had worked since high school primarily in secretarial/clerical positions until I joined the U.S. Army at the age of 21 so I could get the G.I. Bill and go to college. The U.S. Army had a two-year enlistment at the time, so I signed up, went through Basic Training, AIT, and was stationed in South Korea. My Company Commander in South Korea called me a stract trooper. In rank I went from E-1 to E-4 in one year, and I earned an expert badge firing the M16. I received an honorable discharge, and once I got out of the Army I started college using the G.I. Bill.
Starting in the mid 1980’s I worked in higher education (colleges and universities) beginning in 1983 while completing my bachelor’s degree. Since 1990 I have worked specifically in the area of Student Affairs/Student Services at colleges and universities in three different states. I earned an associate’s degree (A.A.) in Art in 1979, and a few years later I completed a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Art and Design in 1985. I went on to complete a master’s degree (M.S.) in Education (“Higher Education/Student Personnel Services”) in 1991. In 1992 I was awarded a one-year Doctoral Fellowship in Higher Education/Adult Education, and I completed all the requirements with the exception of the dissertation for a doctorate (Ed.D.) in Adult Education. Finances and a time limit kept me from completing the doctorate. It’s probably a good thing as otherwise I’d be an extremely over-educated unemployed person at this point in time… 🙂
Regarding my faith, I have believed in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord (see John 3:16-18) since I was a young girl at the age of ten. This is due in great part to my mother who was also a Christian and believed in Him throughout her life, too. And while I don’t understand everything that has happened in my life especially since I lost my job several years ago and I was not able to find another one, I know that Romans 8:28-30 is still in effect, and that God knows it all.
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This page was last updated on December 15, 2017.