As many of you know, I have been working tirelessly for the last few months on a book chapter for a book on education in Thailand published by Springer. The chapter is on Higher Education in Thailand and focuses on trends of privatization and massification. It was a labor of love and took many hours. Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and encouragement. Special thanks to people who advised me in the writing process as well.
My first draft is done and I await comments from the editor, my colleague and friend Gerry Fry at the University of Minnesota. It will likely be published later this year. Books of this nature can have a 6-month editorial process. I am excited to write and publish more about international education and human resource development issues.
In March I will be presenting on global competence development in Thailand as part of the Comparative International Education Society conference in D.C.
I thoroughly enjoy the life of an academic. It has a reputation of being one of isolation but I have found it to be quite the opposite. I enjoy meeting and talking with colleagues around the world, learning about new research, and thinking about how to use research to inform policy and practice. I find much of my time is indeed taken up with reading and writing but there is certainly a very vibrant social aspect to being an academic.
I have been here in Washington, D.C. for over 6 months but I’m not yet used to riding my bike to meet a friend for coffee and riding right in front of the White House. There is a noticeable pulse and energy here and I’m grateful for the opportunity to study in D.C.
The George Washington University is an exciting place to be studying Human and Organizational Learning. Daily I am engaged with issues of adult development, organizational change, and leadership – all within a few blocks from some of America’s main political hotspots.
I’ve settled into my work as Graduate Research Assistant with Dr. Maria Cseh and life as a doctoral student. It wasn’t too long ago I was at Harvard but it still feels like I’m flexing new muscles. At orientation I remember one of the Vice Dean’s words that doctoral studies are transformational. I am beginning to sense that transformation as I develop more thoughtful processes of asking and answering questions.
The outline of the program is fairly standard: two years of coursework, a year of comprehensive exams and defending a proposal, and finishing up with a year of dissertation writing and defense. Courses so far have piqued my interests. Last semester I took courses on the Foundations of Human and Organizational Learning, Adult Learning, and a general course required of all doctoral students on Issues in Education. This semester I’m taking Human Systems Change, Leadership in Organizations and a statistics for research course called Group Comparison Designs and Analyses.
I am working with Dr. Cseh on the Global Competence Enrichment Program and focusing many of my course papers on global competence. I would like to write my dissertation on global competence development, likely with a focus in Thailand and Southeast Asia but many questions remain. My desire is to become an international scholar, author, and leader in human resource development. The road is long but the journey is well worth it.