College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Leadership
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Cory L. Major photo Alumni Spotlight

Cory L. Major

Director, GEAR UP, Phillips Community College, Arkansas

M.S. Leadership and Policy Studies


Leadership Alumni

Gale "Vickie" Medley
Management Analyst/Professional Developer
United States Navy
Navy Manpower Analysis Center
Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education

Why did you choose your course of study?

The adult education concentration in the EdD program was the perfect match for my personal and professional interests in adult learning and training programs. I was able to incorporate the knowledge and skills I learned into both my Navy job (civilian) and adjunct college teaching position. The varied experiences and backgrounds of other career professionals in the classes added depth and breadth to the academic program.

How did this degree prepare you or improve your preparation for your current role?

Today I am a more effective facilitator of adult learning. I routinely use the active and collaborative learning techniques and program planning skills I learned in both my “jobs”. The adult development theories I learned in the program have become the core foundation for all my professional planning and teaching. I learned how to engage and motivate adult learners to become life-long learners and engage in self-development.

What impact has your degree had on your life or career?

Today, I am more self-confident, effective professional as a result of completing this degree. The program provided just the right amount of academics and experience coupled with opportunities for self-directed learning. The program reinforced the necessity for life-long learning for a full and satisfying life. Also, my experiences at the University of Memphis have made me a much more reflective and introspective individual. Earning my EdD in Leadership with a concentration in Adult Education has prepared me to develop a successful personal and professional life.

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