||Dr. Andre Temple
Economic Development Specialist
University of Tennessee
Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education
Why did you choose Higher and Adult Education?
The University of Memphis Higher and Adult Education (HIAD) Program presented me a
great opportunity to retool myself for a leadership role in the workplace. This program
provides organizational leadership strategies and adult educational theories, which
transcends into professional development skills that are relevant in any industry.
Furthermore, this program provided me the opportunity to differentiate myself in the
workplace by equipping me with a variety of tools to succeed in any organizational
How did this degree prepare you or improve your preparation for your current role?
After graduating, I accepted a new role as an Economic Development Specialist with
the University of Tennessee. My role requires strong leadership and analytical skills
to leverage university expertise and resources in the community and workplace. Moreover,
many of these leadership and analytical skills were developed and refined as a result
of this program. In summary, this program provided me the opportunity to differentiate
myself in the workplace and community by opening many doors, which may have never
What impact has your degree had on your life or career?
Within a year from commencement, I obtained a rewarding career and obtained adjunct
positions with other well respected institutions of higher learning. Over all, completion
of the degree provided me with a sense of self-accomplishment, improved my overall
quality of life, and has resulted in a heightened sense of respect from colleagues
The faculty and staff's professionalism, industry passion, personal support, and coaching
has provided me a model/best practices, which has inspired me to higher levels of
accountability as a facilitator of learning and organizational leader.