Through our InContext learning approach, we help prepare you to lead in diverse settings by combining in-class learning with hands-on experiences such as:
- Equity-based research about persistent, timely problems facing postsecondary education
- Meaningful service to the University of Denver and broader Colorado community in matters pertaining to postsecondary education, especially related to equity, diversity and social justice
- Internship, assistantship and service-learning opportunities with its community partners such as the Center for Academic Services & Advising at the Colorado School of Mines, Center for Multicultural Excellence at the University of Denver, Colorado Community Colleges Online, Denver Scholarship Foundation, University of Denver Office of Student Life, and Arapahoe Community College
Our graduates pursue careers in a variety of professional trajectories affiliated with postsecondary education. Many of our MA graduates become entry- and mid-level administrators in student affairs/services offices, such as residential life and academic advising. Others become emerging leaders in campus diversity affairs offices, such as multicultural centers and equal education opportunity centers (EEOC). Still others join community-based or government agencies and work on important postsecondary education initiatives, like GEAR-UP programs that support early college readiness. Our EdD is designed to prepare you for leadership positions within postsecondary contexts. These might be located at four-year or two-year institutions as the VP of Student Services, the Chief Diversity Officer, or a Director of Academic Affairs. Other leadership opportunities might be found in government or community agencies, such as the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Recent PhD graduates assumed positions as faculty members in other higher education programs, directors of research and assessment in community-based organizations focused on college access and success, and as policy analysts in state agencies and non-profit organizations.
A selection of professional positions secured by recent alumni:
- Academic Advising Coordinator at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO
- Assessment and Evaluation Manager at Denver Scholarship Foundation in Denver, CO
- Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO
- Associate Director of College Counseling at Sage Hill School in Los Angeles, CA
- Dean of Students at Austin Community College in Austin, TX
- Director of Digital Learning at Australia National University’s College of Asia & the Pacific in Cambera, Australia
- Director of Intercultural Relations at Lake Forest College in Chicago, IL
- Director of Research and Advisory Services at World Education Services, in New York, NY
- Director of Student Life at Skagit Valley College in Seattle, WA
- Director of the First-Year Experience at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
- Executive Chair at Children in Nature Network-North Texas Region
- Policy and Outreach Associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy in Washington, D.C.
- Research Analyst at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education in Boulder, CO
- Resident Director at Western Washington University
- Senior Academic Advisor at Regent University in Norfolk, VA
- Tenure-track Faculty Position as an Academic Advisor at University of Hawaii-Manoa
- Vice President of Advancement at St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Who is the faculty program coordinator for HED?
Dr. Ryan Evely Gildersleeve is the Program Coordinator for HED. His contact information is: Ryan.Gildersleeve@du.edu, 303-871-4573.
When are faculty in their offices?
Every faculty sets office hours for each term in which they are teaching. However, all of the faculty meet with students outside of their scheduled office hours. Contact the faculty member directly to make an appointment.
How many students do you enroll each year?
In the MA program, we typically enroll 20 students per year. In the EdD program, we typically enroll 8-10 students per year. In the PhD program, we typically enroll 1-3 students per year.
What is unique about the HED program at DU?
While HED is a generalist program in that we prepare future leaders in higher education for a wide variety of positions, our program is uniquely founded on principles of Inclusive Excellence (www.aacu.org), wherein inclusion and excellence are understood as one and the same. That is, we cannot have excellence without inclusiveness, and inclusion is a hallmark of excellence. Our core faculty share research, teaching and practice/policy concerns related to post-secondary access and success.
Even though HED is a generalist program, are certain things emphasized over others?
The MA program offers three optional emphases:
- College Student Affairs
- Diversity and Higher Learning
- Leadership and Organizational Change
Where do HED students come from? HED students come from all regions of the U.S. and occasionally from international origins. Over half of all students are from outside of Colorado.
What is the difference between the EdD and the PhD?
There are three primary differences that distinguish the EdD and PhD programs from each other:
- The EdD is designed to prepare administrative leaders in postsecondary settings. The PhD is designed to prepare researchers who investigate postsecondary education concerns.
- The EdD requires 65 credit hours, while the PhD requires 90 credit hours of coursework.
The EdD requires a Doctoral Research Project that is practice-oriented, such as a program evaluation, policy analysis or an action-oriented research study that emphasizes practical implications. The PhD requires a traditional dissertation.